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spew

[spyoo] /spyu/
verb (used without object)
1.
to discharge the contents of the stomach through the mouth; vomit.
verb (used with object)
2.
to eject from the stomach through the mouth; vomit.
3.
to cast forth, gush, or eject, as in disgust or anger:
The angry sergeant spewed his charges at us.
noun
4.
something that is spewed; vomit.
Also, spue.
Origin
900
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
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British Dictionary definitions for spewer

spew

/spjuː/
verb
1.
to eject (the contents of the stomach) involuntarily through the mouth; vomit
2.
to spit (spittle, phlegm, etc) out of the mouth
3.
(usually foll by out) to send or be sent out in a stream: flames spewed out
noun
4.
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 spewer

spew

v.

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.

n.

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

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