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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Indonesia is the largest global contributor to these emissions, spewing 240 to 447 million tons of CO2 annually from agriculture, the conversion of carbon-rich forests to plantations and other uses, according to data from Global Forest Watch. Nithin Coca, Vox, "The most important country for the global climate no one is talking about," 6 Dec. 2018 The studies concluded that this year the world would spew 40.9 billion tons (37.1 billion metric tons) of carbon dioxide, up from 39.8 billion tons (36.2 billion metric tons) last year. Seth Borenstein, The Seattle Times, "Climate reality check: Global carbon pollution up in 2018," 5 Dec. 2018 Scientists reported lava spewing more than 200 feet into the air. Mike Arroyo, Fox News, "Hawaii's volcanic eruption has destroyed at least 26 homes, officials say," 2 Oct. 2018 This icy moon is famous for its geysers of water and ice spewing out into space. Shannon Stirone, WIRED, "Space Photos of the Week: A Cruise Around Mars' Hale Crater," 2 June 2018 Once folks are set, the raft is rolled out waterjets propel riders down a steep stretch that has water fountains spewing overhead. Dewayne Bevil, OrlandoSentinel.com, "First look: Sliding down Aquatica's new Ray Rush ride," 11 May 2018 But the sun also poses a serious threat to life, by constantly spewing harmful radiation into the solar system. Hanneke Weitering, Space.com, "Earth's Shields Protect Life from the Sun on 'One Strange Rock'," 9 Apr. 2018 The problem came to be called the ultraviolet catastrophe, because the best theorem of the day predicted that objects heated to very high temperatures should spew infinite amounts of short-wavelength energy. Tim Folger, Discover Magazine, "How Quantum Mechanics Lets Us See, Smell and Touch," 24 Oct. 2018 Ear Spring on Yellowstone’s Geyser Hill went from being dormant on Saturday to spewing steam and water between 20 and 30 feet high, a height not recorded since 1957, said park spokesman Neal Herbert. Fox News, "Long-dormant Yellowstone hot spring erupts," 22 Sep. 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

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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The first known use of spew was before the 12th century

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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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