- to eject or discharge as or like foam or froth; spew (often followed by forth).
- to foam; froth.
- foam, froth, or scum.
Origin of spume
1300–50; Middle English < Latin spūma foam, froth; akin to foam
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Related Wordsbarmy, boiling, creamy, ebullient, effervescent, fizzy, frothy, lathery, simmering, sudsy, carbonated, fermented, scummy, seething, spumescent, yeasty
- foam or surf, esp on the sea; froth
- (intr) to foam or froth
C14: from Old French espume, from Latin spūma; related to spuere to spew
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Word Origin and History for spumous
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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