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or spue

[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.
Origin of spew
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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  • With his war club he strikes repeated blows upon the heart of the fish, which attempts to spew him out.

    Myths of the Cherokee James Mooney
  • The other day when he came home, I could do nothing but spew and spew.

    The Power of Darkness Leo Tolstoy
  • Then it would relax suddenly, and spew out the finger, and the quiet hospital air would be rent with shrieks of lost illusion.

    Love Stories Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Fire will blacken the earth; flood will swallow and spew forth the soil.

    Our Southern Highlanders Horace Kephart
  • The legislature was called upon to spew them forth—a thing which the legislature declined to do.

    The Gilded Age, Complete Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner
British Dictionary definitions for spew


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 spew

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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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