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verb (used with object), spumed, spum·ing.
  1. to eject or discharge as or like foam or froth; spew (often followed by forth).
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verb (used without object), spumed, spum·ing.
  1. to foam; froth.
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  1. foam, froth, or scum.
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Origin of spume

1300–50; Middle English < Latin spūma foam, froth; akin to foam
Related formsspu·mous, spum·y, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • There was a feather of spume to mark the plunge and nothing else.

    Storm Over Warlock

    Andre Norton

  • So we all made it ashore, and our boat also, which now we hauled out of the spume.

  • Outside, the air was filled with the spume and shriek of bursting shells.

    The Greater Love

    George T. McCarthy

  • His horse was white with dust and spume, but his spurs were red.

  • A yellow foam, like spume of the sea, dropped from his lips.

British Dictionary definitions for spume


  1. foam or surf, esp on the sea; froth
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  1. (intr) to foam or froth
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Derived Formsspumous or spumy, adjective

Word Origin

C14: from Old French espume, from Latin spūma; related to spuere to spew
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Word Origin and History for spume


late 14c., from Old French spume, from Latin spuma "foam" (cf. Italian spuma, Spanish espuma); cognate with Old English fam, Old High German veim "foam" (see foam (n.)).

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