\ 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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But then she was elected, giving her free rein to spew her second amendment ideas all over Twitter. Asia Ewart, refinery29.com, 4 Jan. 2021 The politicians who won’t budge on gun laws spew platitudes or stay silent until the latest wave of outrage ebbs. Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 28 May 2022 However, a lesion in the mouth could lead someone to spew viral particles when talking or coughing, though it is not typically considered a respiratory virus. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, 24 May 2022 Now a new experiment has given us a more exact sense of just how many aerosols a single person can spew during an intense workout—and the results aren’t pretty. Tara Law, Time, 23 May 2022 In no other context would a terrorist sympathizing news anchor be allowed to continue to spew this nonsense as the body count continues to mount. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 16 May 2022 The accident caused radioactive fallout to spew into the atmosphere. San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Apr. 2022 Every minute, a pair of pumps powered by old Chevrolet 454 engines loudly spew 20,000 gallons into a network of ditches on Brian Wong’s southern Arizona farm. Erin Patrick O'connor, Washington Post, 14 May 2022 Weapons spew toxic gases and particulates into the air and leak heavy metals into soil and water. New York Times, 13 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Smoke stacks for a nickel-refinery spew sulfur dioxide into the environment July 21, 2002, in Norilsk, Russia. NBC News, 28 Nov. 2021 Normally placid people get enveloped by the emotion and for 90 minutes morph into someone else: voices are lost, tempers flare, every decision contested with a spew of profanity. Emmet Gates, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2021 Meanwhile, Chinese propagandists and the Iranian dictator spew threats and hateful lies on these platforms with impunity. Donald J. Trump, WSJ, 8 July 2021 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 See More

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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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18 Jul 2022

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

Kids Definition of spew

: to pour out The volcano spewed lava.

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