\ 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

gush, jet, pour, rush, spout, spurt, squirt, swoosh

Antonyms: Verb

dribble, drip, drop, trickle

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Examples of spew in a Sentence


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

In the first film, Pennywise spews gallons of blood all over teen Beverly's bathroom in attempt to scare her. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The 'It Chapter 2' Trailer Has So Many Hidden Easter Eggs," 10 May 2019 By contrast, the EPA’s own researchers came to a different conclusion, after using lab tests to estimate that glider trucks spewed four to 40 times more nitrogen oxide and at least 50 times more particulate matter than modern competitors. Bloomberg News, BostonGlobe.com, "EPA ignoring its own research to roll back emission standards, advisers say," 29 May 2018 The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported Thursday that an explosive eruption at Kilauea’s summit in the early morning hours spewed ash 30,000 feet high in the air and covered the surrounding area. Shannon Tangonan, USA TODAY, "For Honolulu residents, Hawaii volcano eruptions seem close to home — and far, far away," 17 May 2018 Reuters reports fountains of lava had spewed up to 300 feet from the vents and about 104 acres of land have been scorched by lava so far. Peter Martinez, CBS News, "Explosive eruptions, "ballistic rocks" possible from Hawaii volcano," 9 May 2018 So far, 10 fissures have opened near the eastern edge of the island, spewing molten rock dozens of feet into the sky, and emitting high levels of toxic sulfur dioxide gas. Madeleine Aggeler, The Cut, "Dramatic Images of the Hawaiian Volcano Eruption," 7 May 2018 On Earth, water gets pulled into the seafloor around the flanks of hydrothermal vents—seafloor springs that spew water at superhot temperatures—before being jettisoned back out from the vents themselves. Shannon Hall, Scientific American, "Water on Europa—with a Pinch of Salt," 12 June 2019 In its annual statistical review of world energy, the British oil firm finds that the world’s power sector is spewing out ever more CO2. The Economist, "Global carbon emissions hit another record," 12 June 2019 The airline’s Flight 1380 last Tuesday suffered an engine failure that spewed parts into the fuselage of the plane, damaged a wing and broke a cabin window. Robert Wall, WSJ, "Southwest Expects Minor Disruptions as It Inspects Engines," 23 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The vomiting pumpkin—in which green foam spews from a jack-o-lantern’s mouth—has become her signature effect. Don Steinberg, WSJ, "The Female Scientist Who Wants to Blow Up Your TV," 5 Dec. 2018 Brown coal, a greasy, low-grade fuel also known as lignite, isn’t just controversial because of the greenhouse gases its burning spews into the atmosphere. Michelle Hackman, WSJ, "Germany Finds Local Coal Filthy and Irresistible," 10 Oct. 2018 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, "Cannes Review: Spike Lee's BlackKklansman Is the Movie We Need Now—And It's Funny, Too," 15 May 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, "Jimmy Kimmel's Annual Halloween Candy Bit Will Have You Crying From Laughter," 3 Nov. 2017 Asking good questions is an art, not some loudmouth anger spew. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Daugherty: Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis is a victim of his own success," 4 Jan. 2018 Diesel engines, like all internal combustion engines, spew fumes that contribute to global warming. Russ Mitchell, latimes.com, "Can the Tesla Semi perform? UPS, PepsiCo and other truck fleet owners want to find out," 20 Dec. 2017 The whole area seethes with hydrothermal activity: Sulfuric acid spews from active fumaroles; geysers spout water and steam; the ground froths with boiling mud; and earthquake swarms shudder through the region, 125 miles south of Rome. Kristine Phillips, Washington Post, "An 11-year-old boy fell into an Italian volcanic crater. His parents also died trying to save him.," 12 Sep. 2017 Cara Anthony / The Star Holiday shopping seems to start earlier every year, long before the spew of major shopping days like Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Amy Haneline, Indianapolis Star, "Black Friday: Ikea and Costco among stores closing on Thanksgiving Day," 5 Oct. 2017

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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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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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