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



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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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 Some patients may feel dizzy or nauseated, some may vomit, have diarrhea, or have temporary mild fever or chills. Abby Dupes, Seventeen, 19 May 2022 Michael Taylor, whose family owns Continental Cleaners, spends every Friday morning in the spring and summer cleaning up after the 999 Ride, scooping up beer bottles and cans, cigarettes, food, even vomit. The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 May 2022 Brenner said there were trash cans set out in case players needed to vomit. oregonlive, 26 Apr. 2022 Some of the hunters forced themselves to vomit by ingesting a mixture of gunpowder, tobacco, and alcohol. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Apr. 2022 My other friend and I clearly heard our friend vomit my meal into my toilet. Washington Post, 17 Mar. 2022 While in the shower, Damari allegedly began to vomit. Tina Burnside, CNN, 9 Jan. 2022 Aside from wanting to clean urine, vomit, and other messes, pet owners have to think about getting rid of pet hair. Carly Kulzer, PEOPLE.com, 31 Jan. 2022 In early October, residents of the area started reporting the odor of rotten eggs, sewage and vomit emanating from channel. Christian Martinez, Los Angeles Times, 13 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun An autopsy report concluded that Skaggs, who choked on his vomit, had fentanyl, oxycodone and alcohol in his system. Los Angeles Times, 17 Feb. 2022 No, the remaining episodes promise to be an emotional rollercoaster and left at least one cast member in need of a vomit bag. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 3 Apr. 2022 Some fell to the ground, pawing at cedar chips, or wretched into silver vomit buckets that had been set at the end of each row of white folding chairs. Washington Post, 31 Mar. 2022 Examples include fossil feces (coprolites), footprints, nests, and even fossil vomit (regurgitalites). Jeanne Timmons, Ars Technica, 13 Apr. 2022 Eight Carson residents have filed a class-action lawsuit alleging that a warehouse fire caused the smell, which has been likened to rotten eggs, vomit, farts or body odor. Jaclyn Cosgrove, Los Angeles Times, 2 Nov. 2021 There was the nurse who patiently cleaned her up after she was covered in vomit and blood. John Blake, CNN, 11 Mar. 2022 The driver, a Lorain woman, 37, appeared to be confused and was covered in vomit. cleveland, 15 Dec. 2021 The morning-afters look more brutal still, as in one scene when Cole comes to with vomit crusted all down the front of his shirt. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of vomit


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


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for vomit


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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21 May 2022

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“Vomit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vomit. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for vomit


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


vomited; vomiting

Kids Definition of vomit (Entry 2 of 2)

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


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


intransitive verb

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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