\ 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

The resulting steam explosion at the plant near the city of Pripyat, 70 miles north of Kiev, spewed out so much radiation that much of the surrounding area will be uninhabitable for 20,000 years. The Economist, "“Chernobyl” is the highest-rated TV series ever," 4 June 2019 Locals give their perspective on the situation Two weeks since its initial eruption, Kilauea volcano continues to spew lava, create fissures and initiate earthquakes on Hawaii’s Big Island. Sunset, "Eruptions and Evacuations Continue on Hawaii’s Big Island," 22 Jan. 2018 And honestly, considering the often horrific firehose of information and dialogue that often spews out of the internet, a little ribbing at the expense of the EU and their robust and thoughtful data privacy policies seems almost quaint. Angela Watercutter, WIRED, "How Europe's GDPR Regulations Became a Meme," 25 May 2018 The overseer’s voice continues on a loop, while all of the helpful Mr. Handy robots around the vault spew out cheerful advice. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Fallout 76 journal, day 1: welcome to the wasteland," 14 Nov. 2018 Hawaii's Kilauea volcano erupted Thursday triggering a series of earthquakes that have continued to rattle the island as burning blood-red lava spewed hundreds of feet in the air from cracks in the ground. Gabby Raymond, Time, "Hawaiians Blame Misunderstanding of Volcano and 'Doomsday' Headlines for Big Drop in Tourism," 21 June 2018 The president has doubled down on his stance, maintaining the policy while falsely spewing blame at congressional Democrats. Kyle Swenson, latimes.com, "'Womp womp': Trump insider Corey Lewandowski mocks story of child with Down syndrome taken from mother at border," 20 June 2018 This olivine fell out of the lava as it was spewed into the air, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientist Wendy Stovall told Mashable. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "It's 'raining' green crystals in Hawaii, thanks to Kilauea volcano eruption," 14 June 2018 Austin Post, the Texas native who performs as Post Malone, spewed profanity and extolled inebriation. Bill Brownlee, kansascity, "Delays test patience of Post Malone fans at Flyover festival in Bonner Springs | The Kansas City Star," 6 May 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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