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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).

verb (used without object),spumed, spum·ing.
  1. to foam; froth.

  1. foam, froth, or scum.

Origin of spume

1300–50; Middle English <Latin spūma foam, froth; akin to foam

Other words from spume

  • spumous, spumy, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for spume


/ (spjuːm) /

  1. foam or surf, esp on the sea; froth

  1. (intr) to foam or froth

Origin of spume

C14: from Old French espume, from Latin spūma; related to spuere to spew

Derived forms of spume

  • spumous or spumy, adjective

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