spew

verb
\ˈspyü \
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

spew

noun

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

Verb

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

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

Suspects have included neutron stars, gamma ray bursts, hypernovae, and the radiation-spewing black holes at the center of some galaxies, but whatever the source, high energy neutrinos are a likely byproduct. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "Ghostly particle caught in polar ice ushers in new way to look at the universe," 12 July 2018 The bridge is crowded with honking cars, exhaust-spewing motorcycles and pedestrians, some carrying packs on top of their heads. Daniel González, azcentral, "The U.S. deported this mother to Guatemala. It kept her 6-year-old son.," 2 July 2018 Then Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, strewing mold-producing wreckage across the island and forcing many to use fume-spewing generators for power. CBS News, "Puerto Rico struggles with jump in asthma cases after hurricane Maria," 18 June 2018 Then Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, strewing mold-producing wreckage across the island and forcing many to use fume-spewing generators for power. NBC News, "Puerto Rico faces a spike in asthma cases following Hurricane Maria," 18 June 2018 Try to moderate your use of exhaust-spewing engines (cars, mowers) and ease up on electricity consumption. Thomas Leyden, Indianapolis Star, "Sizzling Father's Day: Heat index heading to 100," 17 June 2018 Its blistering speed, giant-jump racetracks, and shrapnel-spewing four-wheelers impress instantly both in screenshot and hands-on modes. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Onrush game review: Sexy arcade racing in serious need of a tune-up," 5 June 2018 Puerto Rico’s aging power grid, with old, carbon-spewing generators tenuously connected to population centers via cables running through rough, hard-to-access mountains, wasn’t reliable even before Maria. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Hurricane Season 2018 Has a Lot to Learn From Last Year," 1 June 2018 And don’t worry about that lava-spewing volcano impacting visits to the Kapalua beach. Beth J. Harpaz, sacbee, "Beach connoisseur: Maui has best one, Coronado’s is 9th," 31 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 In the 1990s, the auto industry preserved the subsidies by convincing politicians that diesels were better for the environment than gasoline engines, a dubious claim given the other pollutants that diesel spews. Jack Ewing, New York Times, "As German Election Looms, Politicians Face Voters’ Wrath for Ties to Carmakers," 13 Sep. 2017 The whole area seethes with hydrothermal activity: Sulfuric acid spews from active fumaroles 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

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First Known Use of spew

Verb

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

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for spew

Verb

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

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spew

verb

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

spew

verb
\ˈspyü \
spewed; spewing

Kids Definition of spew

: to pour out The volcano spewed lava.

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