spew

verb
\ 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

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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Verb

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 On Thursday, firefighters in boats and high-water vehicles rescued at least three drivers when water spewing from the broken main submerged some freeways and streets in east Houston, the fire department said. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "Much of Houston remains under boil-water notice as crews repair broken water main that supplies about half of the city," 28 Feb. 2020 No injuries have been reported but an accident at a natural gas well off Cotton Patch Road and FM 952 in DeWitt County has been spewing natural gas into the air since a Nov. 1. Sergio Chapa, Houston Chronicle, "Devon Energy one step away from capping blowout in DeWitt County," 12 Nov. 2019 The volcanoes aren't governed by the same forces as their lava-spewing cousins, but instead by chilly temperatures, high waves, and strong winds. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "What Are These Strange Ice Volcanoes Along Lake Michigan?," 20 Feb. 2020 Kyrie Irving, a dazzling performer and an oblivious, nonsense-spewing detriment to team chemistry, bolted for Brooklyn. Chad Finn, BostonGlobe.com, "Why the Celtics have a real shot at making the NBA Finals," 12 Feb. 2020 For that, national politics needs to become boring again, not to be an exhausting, outrage-spewing fight between Mr Trump and the most extreme candidate the Democratic Party can muster. The Economist, "America’s presidential election The Democratic primaries will be a contest between radicals and repairers," 6 Feb. 2020 Etsy has met an important diversity goal, the racist response to the coronavirus, a building at Berkeley gets a new name, and a hate-spewing robocaller gets a big phone bill. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "The racist response to the coronavirus," 31 Jan. 2020 Unilever is following a consumer shift to coffee as a primary source of caffeine, with takeaway cafes proliferating from London to Beijing and capsule-spewing espresso machines supplanting kettles on kitchen counters around the world. Washington Post, "Southwest Airlines disputes federal audit that contends it failed to prioritize safety," 30 Jan. 2020 But did Tom Metzger, a California TV repairman who had managed to reel in hate-spewing acolytes from across the country, inspire three Portland skinheads to murder Mulugeta Seraw? oregonlive, "White supremacists on trial for inciting murder required extraordinary security in Portland; case reverberates 30 years later," 8 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 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

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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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21 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Spew.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spew. Accessed 3 Apr. 2020.

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More Definitions for spew

spew

verb
How to pronounce spew (audio)

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 How to pronounce spew (audio) \
spewed; spewing

Kids Definition of spew

: to pour out The volcano spewed lava.

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