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[spyoo] /spyu/
verb (used without object)
to discharge the contents of the stomach through the mouth; vomit.
verb (used with object)
to eject from the stomach through the mouth; vomit.
to cast forth, gush, or eject, as in disgust or anger:
The angry sergeant spewed his charges at us.
something that is spewed; vomit.
Also, spue.
before 900; Middle English spewen to vomit, cast forth foul language, Old English spīwan to vomit; cognate with German speien, Old Norse spȳja, Gothic speiwan, Latin spuere
Related forms
spewer, noun
unspewed, adjective Unabridged
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  • It was closed because a broken pipe was spewing sewage over the reef.
  • Some of those stars exploded, spewing the heavier elements out into space.
  • For example, the spewing oil in the gulf is a problem that could use a creative solution.
  • Both of you sloppily ignoring facts and spewing out thoughtless drivel.
  • The volcano is spewing lava, which says move your house.
  • And thermal-power plants throughout the country are spewing forth carcinogens, owing to incomplete combustion.
  • Not politicians or religious leaders, spewing inflammatory calls to war.
  • For you run great risk of spewing up what you have ill digested.
  • Except for the big noisy diesel engine under the hood of the game drive vehicle spewing exhaust and scaring the animals.
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British Dictionary definitions for spewing


to eject (the contents of the stomach) involuntarily through the mouth; vomit
to spit (spittle, phlegm, etc) out of the mouth
(usually foll by out) to send or be sent out in a stream: flames spewed out
something ejected from the mouth
Also (archaic) spue
Derived Forms
spewer, noun
Word Origin
Old English spīwan; related to Old Norse spӯja, Gothic speiwan, Old High German spīwan, Latin spuere, Lithuanian spiauti
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Word Origin and History for spewing



Old English spiwan "spew, spit," from Proto-Germanic *spiwanan (cf. Old Saxon spiwan, Old Norse spyja, Old Frisian spiwa, Middle Dutch spien, Dutch spuwen, Old High German spiwan, German speien, Gothic spiewan "to spit"), from PIE *sp(y)eu-, probably ultimately of imitative origin (cf. Latin spuere, Greek ptuein, Old Church Slavonic pljuja, Lithuanian spiauti). Also in Old English as a weak verb, speowan. Related: Spewed; spewing.


"vomited matter," c.1600, from spew (v.).

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