verb (used without object)
  1. to eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth; regurgitate; throw up.
  2. to belch or spew with force or violence.
verb (used with object)
  1. to eject from the stomach through the mouth; spew.
  2. to cast out or eject as if in vomiting; send out forcefully or violently: The volcano vomited flames and molten rock.
  3. to cause (a person) to vomit.
  1. the act of vomiting.
  2. the matter ejected in vomiting.

Origin of vomit

1375–1425; late Middle English vomiten < Latin vomitāre, frequentative of vomere to discharge, vomit; akin to Greek emeîn (see emetic)
Related formsvom·it·er, nounvom·i·tive, adjectivevom·i·tous·ly, adverbun·vom·it·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for vomitive


verb -its, -iting or -ited
  1. to eject (the contents of the stomach) through the mouth as the result of involuntary muscular spasms of the stomach and oesophagus
  2. to eject or be ejected forcefully; spew forth
  1. the matter ejected in vomiting
  2. the act of vomiting
  3. a drug or agent that induces vomiting; emetic
Derived Formsvomiter, noun

Word Origin for vomit

C14: from Latin vomitāre to vomit repeatedly, from vomere to vomit
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Word Origin and History for vomitive



early 15c.; see vomit (n.). Related: Vomited; vomiting.



late 14c., "act of expelling contents of the stomach through the mouth," from Latin vomitare "to vomit often," frequentative of vomere "spew forth, discharge," from PIE root *wem- "to spit, vomit" (cf. Greek emein "to vomit," emetikos "provoking sickness;" Sanskrit vamati "he vomits;" Avestan vam- "to spit;" Lithuanian vemiu "to vomit," Old Norse væma "seasickness"). In reference to the matter so ejected, it is attested from late 14c.

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vomitive in Medicine


  1. An emetic.
  1. Relating to or causing vomiting.


  1. To eject part or all of the stomach contents through the mouth, usually in a series of involuntary spasmic movements.
  1. The act or an instance of ejecting matter from the stomach through the mouth.
  2. Matter ejected from the stomach through the mouth.
  3. An emetic.
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vomitive in Science


  1. Matter ejected from the stomach through the mouth, usually as a result of involuntary muscle contractions.
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