\ 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 There’s a circularity to this disinformation campaign: Trump and his minions spew lies about the election, Fox’s opinion folks run with them and then act shocked that the public is buying the whole thing. Washington Post, "Fox News’s Ainsley Earhardt: ‘So many people’ are questioning election," 5 Jan. 2021 You’re not allowed to drive your car too fast or let your factory spew toxic waste, either. Adam Rogers, Wired, "The Error of Fighting a Public Health War With Medical Weapons," 28 Dec. 2020 These trash-burning facilities spew pollution into the air in the surrounding communities. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: Outstate COVID restrictions, pandemic's effects, Native and disadvantaged communities," 19 Dec. 2020 Since 1992, federal law has dictated that showerheads shouldn’t spew more than 2.5 gallons of water a minute. Deb Riechmann, chicagotribune.com, "Let it flow: Trump loosens showerhead regulations, a pet peeve of his," 16 Dec. 2020 This embrace of false information really does trickle down from groups that spew dangerous conspiracy theories and into the general population. Mara Santilli, refinery29.com, "Trump World Is A Cult. Can Its Followers Be Saved?," 14 Dec. 2020 Part of their concern is that, even with carbon capture, gas plants would still spew local air contaminants such as nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds. Sammy Roth Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "The ‘war on coal’ is over. The next climate battle has just begun," 17 Nov. 2020 One idea, based on the tracks of ocean ships, is to seed reflective clouds; another is inspired by volcanoes, which can spew sulfate aerosols into the stratosphere and appreciably cool the planet. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "Geoengineers inch closer to Sun-dimming balloon test," 15 Dec. 2020 Twitter feed continues to spew and amplify nonsensical counting and ballot conspiracies, often all in caps. Garrett M. Graff, Wired, "Firing Christopher Krebs Crosses a Line—Even for Trump," 17 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, "A Race Car Crash From Hell—and the Science That Saved Its Driver," 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, "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

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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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19 Jan 2021

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“Spew.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spew. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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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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