\ ˈspyü How to pronounce spew (audio) \
spewed; spewing; spews

Definition of spew

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : vomit
2 : to come forth in a flood or gush
3 : to ooze out as if under pressure : exude

transitive verb

1 : vomit
2 : to send or cast forth with vigor or violence or in great quantity a volcano spewing out ash often used with out



Definition of spew (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : matter that is vomited : vomit
2 : material that exudes or is extruded

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Other Words from spew


spewer noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for spew

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of spew in a Sentence

Verb Exhaust spewed out of the car. Smoke and ashes spewed from the volcano. The volcano spewed hot ash. The faucet started spewing dirty water. The dog spewed vomit on the rug.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Paradoxically, black holes, those infamous swallowers of light and matter, also spew light and matter outward with unparalleled might and efficiency. Quanta Magazine, 20 May 2021 Complex active sunspot groups are a source of magnetic fields and occasionally powerful flares which spew out plasma and energized particles. Curtis Roelle, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 10 Apr. 2021 Once a person is infected, millions of coronavirus particles can spew out of an infected host’s nose and mouth with every breath, cough, sneeze or word spoken. Tamara Hew-butler, The Conversation, 13 Apr. 2021 Democrats say that the company is too lax in its enforcement, allowing users including former President Donald Trump to spew hate and incite violence on the service. Fortune, 28 Apr. 2021 As the volcano continues to spew ash and pyroclastic flow, a deadly mixture of superheated gases, rock and mud, the ongoing danger has complicated efforts to deliver aid. Patrick Oppmann, CNN, 24 Apr. 2021 Younger children don’t seem to transmit as well, possibly because their smaller lungs and airways spew smaller quantities of viral particles shorter distances. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, 5 Apr. 2021 He'll be followed by the leaders of the world's biggest economies, which spew 80% of the greenhouse gases. Star Tribune, 22 Apr. 2021 The currently incalculable, cumulative effect of the leaking methane and the briny water that can spew from the wells threatens both the health of nearby humans and the entire planet. Nick Martin, The New Republic, 16 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Suddenly, gray tubes in the room spew jets of fire at the two mannequins, lighting the entire frame ablaze in orange and white and consuming him. Rachel Lance, Wired, 6 Dec. 2020 Vehicles on Interstate 10, Loop 101 and U.S. Highway 60 spew pollutants that build up in the nearby homes, parks and businesses. Erin Stone, azcentral, 12 June 2020 Untreated, raw sewage spews into the river when heavy rains overwhelm the city’s wastewater system, which is less frequent today than in years past. . Kari Lydersen, Washington Post, 21 June 2019 As their vintage rig coughs black smoke, a plug—a greasy amalgamation of mud, sand, and rust—spews from the depths and into the light. Bill Hatcher, National Geographic, 12 Nov. 2019 His spew of hatred delights the guy on the other end of the line, Walter Beachway (Ryan Eggold), who invites Stallworth to come on down to meet some of the guys. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 15 May 2018 Asking good questions is an art, not some loudmouth anger spew. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, 4 Jan. 2018 These kids burst into tears, spew insults, and even threaten to beat up Jimmy for encouraging their parents to act so cruelly. Katelyn Lunders, Country Living, 3 Nov. 2017 The vomiting pumpkin—in which green foam spews from a jack-o-lantern’s mouth—has become her signature effect. Don Steinberg, WSJ, 5 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of spew


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for spew


Middle English, from Old English spīwan; akin to Old High German spīwan to spit, Latin spuere, Greek ptyein

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The first known use of spew was before the 12th century

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12 Jun 2021

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“Spew.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spew. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of spew

: to flow out of something in a fast and forceful way
: to cause (something) to flow out in a fast and forceful way


\ ˈspyü How to pronounce spew (audio) \
spewed; spewing

Kids Definition of spew

: to pour out The volcano spewed lava.

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