vomit

verb
vom·​it | \ ˈvä-mət How to pronounce vomit (audio) \
vomited; vomiting; vomits

Definition of vomit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to disgorge the stomach contents
2 : to spew forth : belch, gush

transitive verb

1 : to disgorge (the contents of the stomach) through the mouth
2 : to eject violently or abundantly : spew
3 : to cause to vomit

vomit

noun

Definition of vomit (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act or instance of disgorging the contents of the stomach through the mouth also : the disgorged matter
2 : emetic

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Other Words from vomit

Verb

vomiter noun

Synonyms for vomit

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of vomit in a Sentence

Verb The dog vomited on the floor. The patient was vomiting blood.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Yasuke awakens 10 years later in a quiet village, hungover enough to vomit. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "Netflix’s Yasuke Is an Action-Packed Step Forward for Anime," 27 Apr. 2021 Timlin said another issue is the lack of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) available to employees, especially those who must clean up feces and vomit on light-rail trains and buses. Janet Moore, Star Tribune, "Metro Transit workers rally to protest lack of progress in contract talks," 30 Mar. 2021 Other travelers excitedly record gourds with little lamblike animals inside, beasts with the faces of humans and the tails of scorpions, unicorns, and people who vomit worms. Alan Lightman, The Atlantic, "Of Miracles and Multiverses," 22 Mar. 2021 Some people vomit or have diarrhea, or get discoloration on their fingers or toes. Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, "Coronavirus has been with us for a year. Here's what we still don't know," 28 Dec. 2020 Patients sometimes vomit or spit up saliva or other fluids while being intubated. Randy Tucker, The Enquirer, "Crushed by COVID, local firm rebounds with protective pods for healthcare workers," 24 Nov. 2020 Even non-toxic plants can cause cats to vomit so keeping them out of easy reach is best. oregonlive, "Ask an expert: Houseplant-munching cat has owner looking for safe suggestions," 25 Oct. 2020 In all of these scenarios, people frequently vomit and aspirate, bringing fluid into the lungs. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "Demand for Covid-19 lung transplants is about to shoot up," 16 Oct. 2020 Police said Prude appeared to spit and vomit while the device was over his head. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "Nine arrested after protests erupt in Rochester over body cam footage of Daniel Prude arrest," 3 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Saying Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S SUV out loud might sound like alphabet vomit, but blasting to 60 mph in a 5568 pound full-size SUV is as good a remedy as Pepto. Austin Irwin And Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, "The Quickest SUVs We’ve Ever Tested," 22 Mar. 2021 On the morning of July 24th, Lovato was discovered by her now-former assistant Jordan Jackson, covered in her own vomit. Brittany Spanos, Rolling Stone, "‘Demi Lovato: Dancing With the Devil’: Everything We Learned in Explosive Docuseries," 23 Mar. 2021 After the true tumble, a crew member posing as a concerned patron discreetly attached a tube that ran up Andre's body, enabling his Chris to projectile vomit — actually a combination of material including pea soup and vegetables. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "'Bad Trip' secrets: How Eric André, Tiffany Haddish pranked people with real crashes, fake walls," 28 Mar. 2021 Nothing will ever come close to CT's roaring vomit style of seasons past, and while this challenge doesn't enter the puke hall of fame, Cory really shines. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "The Challenge: Double Agents recap: The fight for Fessy (ugh)," 10 Mar. 2021 Adriana was standing in a pool of vomit at the top of the bridge, as Mexican officials surrounded them, the braids that Ms. Peraza had so diligently woven into her daughter’s hair a frizzy mess. New York Times, "Images of Confusion, Then Anguish: Migrant Families Deported by Surprise," 19 Mar. 2021 In addition to the vision problems, Lovato suffered three strokes, a heart attack, and organ failure, as well as pneumonia from asphyxiating on her vomit, as a result of the overdose. Charu Sinha, Vulture, "Demi Lovato Was Legally Blind Following Her 2018 Overdose," 17 Mar. 2021 The Ebola virus is highly contagious and can be contracted through bodily fluids such as vomit, blood, or semen. Time, "Congo Is Working to Stop a New Ebola Outbreak While Facing a Resurgence of COVID-19," 8 Feb. 2021 That her neat tuxedo jacket now comes with a pale, unglamorous splash of vomit on its collar still does not negate her poise. Philippa Snow, The New Republic, "The Very Serious Appeal of Call My Agent," 25 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of vomit

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for vomit

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French vomite, from Latin vomitus, from vomere to vomit; akin to Old Norse vāma seasickness, Greek emein to vomit

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The first known use of vomit was in the 14th century

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9 May 2021

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“Vomit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vomit. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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vomit

verb

English Language Learners Definition of vomit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to have the food, liquid, etc., that is in your stomach come out through your mouth because you are sick

vomit

noun

English Language Learners Definition of vomit (Entry 2 of 2)

: the food, liquid, etc., that comes out of your body through your mouth when you vomit

vomit

noun
vom·​it | \ ˈvä-mət How to pronounce vomit (audio) \

Kids Definition of vomit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: material from the stomach brought up suddenly through the mouth

vomit

verb
vomited; vomiting

Kids Definition of vomit (Entry 2 of 2)

: to bring up the contents of the stomach through the mouth

vomit

noun
vom·​it | \ ˈväm-ət How to pronounce vomit (audio) \

Medical Definition of vomit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : vomiting
2 : stomach contents disgorged through the mouth

called also vomitus

Medical Definition of vomit (Entry 2 of 2)

: to disgorge the stomach contents

transitive verb

: to disgorge (the contents of the stomach) through the mouth

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