\ 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 The limp line feeds off the spool and is less inclined to spew tangles with skipping presentations. Mark Hicks, Field & Stream, "How to Skip Bass Lures," 29 June 2020 For every hectare of burning peat, 200 tons of carbon might spew into the atmosphere. Matt Simon, Wired, "Why the Arctic Is Warming So Fast, and Why That’s So Alarming," 23 June 2020 Fossil fuel companies lobbied Congress and paid climate deniers in places like the Heartland Institute and Heritage Foundation to spew junk science on cable news, clouding the conversation enough to delay any meaningful action. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "“Believe Science” Is a Bad Response to Denialism," 27 Apr. 2020 Gooch, however, has a giant megaphone and an incredibly sturdy soapbox to spew his dangerous views. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "Gerth: Whatever you do, don't take coronavirus advice from Jim Gooch," 19 Mar. 2020 Those same people might also say that spewing racist rhetoric is decisively not Canadian. Kathleen Newman-bremang, refinery29.com, "Why Canada Will Never Cancel Bryan Adams," 12 May 2020 The term refers to a form of cyber harassment, where calls are hijacked by unidentified individuals and trolls who spew hateful language or share graphic images. Dominic Rech, CNN, "Online classes are keeping us sane, but there are dangers. Here's how to stay safe," 11 May 2020 The 61-year-old charge nurse knew the chest compressions and other breathing treatments the patient needed would likely spew dangerous virus particles into the air that could land on her face and clothing. Los Angeles Times, "A nurse without an N95 mask raced in to treat a ‘code blue’ patient. She died 14 days later," 10 May 2020 The Philippines said Sunday there’s an imminent threat of a hazardous eruption of the Taal Volcano, now rumbling and spewing ash and smoke just 65 kilometers (40 miles) south of the capital Manila. Ian C Sayson, Bloomberg.com, "Philippine Tourists Bracing for Worst as Volcano Brings Its Fury," 6 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, "Traffic was down in Phoenix, but ozone levels remained stubbornly high. What's happening?," 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, "In Chicago, a river revitalized — but not for everyone," 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, "Arizona’s water supplies are drying up. How will its farmers survive?," 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, "Cannes Review: Spike Lee's BlackKklansman Is the Movie We Need Now—And It's Funny, Too," 15 May 2018 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 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 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

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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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5 Jul 2020

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“Spew.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spew. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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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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