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[fy-mey] /füˈmeɪ/
adjective, French.
of food, cured or flavored by exposure to smoke; smoked. Unabridged
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  • As a treacherous slog through deep, unmapped, toxic-fume-filled caverns.
  • We had a high-efficiency fume incinerator on plant emissions.
  • And wait till you taste this fresh-faced fume with overtones of apple and pear.
  • And you don't inhale toxic fume to make your pennies.
  • Nationalists on both sides fume over alleged incursions by the other.
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  • Travelers fume over credit card currency conversion fees.
  • Eco-friendly cigarette ads make tobacco foes fume.
  • Install a fume extraction system for a vocational training welding shop that consists of twelve welding booths.
British Dictionary definitions for fumé


(intransitive) to be overcome with anger or fury; rage
to give off (fumes) or (of fumes) to be given off, esp during a chemical reaction
(transitive) to subject to or treat with fumes; fumigate
(often pl) a pungent or toxic vapour
a sharp or pungent odour
a condition of anger
Derived Forms
fumeless, adjective
fumelike, adjective
fumer, noun
fumingly, adverb
fumy, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French fum, from Latin fūmus smoke, vapour
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Word Origin and History for fumé



late 14c., from Old French fum "smoke, steam, vapor, breath," from Latin fumus "smoke, steam, fume" (source of Italian fumo, Spanish humo), from PIE *dheu- (cf. Sanskrit dhumah, Old Church Slavonic dymu, Lithuanian dumai, Old Prussian dumis "smoke," Middle Irish dumacha "fog," Greek thymos "spirit, mind, soul").


c.1400, "to fumigate," from Old French fumer, from Latin fumare "to smoke, steam," from fumus "smoke, steam, fume" (see fume (n.)). Figurative sense of "show anger" is first recorded 1520s. Related: Fumed; fumes; fuming.

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fumé in Science
Smoke, vapor, or gas, especially if irritating, harmful, or smelly.
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