vomit

verb
vom·it | \ˈvä-mət \
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

barf, gag, heave, hurl, puke, retch, spew, spit up, throw up, upchuck

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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

Another boy had a bloody nose after a fight and a third began vomiting into a classroom trash can. David Owens, courant.com, "Montville High Administrators Plead Not Guilty In 'Fight Club' Case," 7 June 2018 Or, imagine your child is sick and vomiting all night because the smell was so terrible inside your home. Kristi Nix, Houston Chronicle, "Fort Bend, Brazoria County residents urge Texas Commission on Environmental Quality officials to stand up for tax payers at Austin hearing," 30 Apr. 2018 Most people suffer from bloody diarrhea, severe stomach cramps and vomiting for five to seven days. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Romaine lettuce E. Coli outbreak becomes the biggest U.S. outbreak in 13 years | Miami Herald," 25 Apr. 2018 Users will also be able to filter Snapchat lenses over their faces, like the epochal rainbow vomiting mouth or puppy dog ears. Thuy Ong, The Verge, "Snapchat introduces group video chat and friend tagging in Stories," 3 Apr. 2018 Symptoms typically begin two to 10 days after exposure and can include muscle aches, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, fever and chills. Megan Jones, Aurora Beacon-News, "Cases of Legionnaires' disease down in Kane County; 9 cases recently reported in McHenry," 11 July 2018 Those who do may experience headaches, nausea, vomiting and body aches that may pass after two or three days. Patricia Dillon, Houston Chronicle, "Montgomery County officials find 38 cases of mosquitoes with West Nile Virus; urge taking precautions," 6 July 2018 Leon had fallen ill, suffering from pain all over her body, vomiting and chills. Washington Post, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Harvard study estimates thousands died in Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria," 29 May 2018 Leon had fallen ill, suffering from pain all over her body, vomiting and chills. Arelis R. Hernández, Laurie Mcginley, Philly.com, "Harvard study estimates thousands died in Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria," 29 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Disgusting, slippery sidewalks of Indy: Good luck avoiding vomit. Will Higgins, Indianapolis Star, "Cheech and Chong get truthy about weed, LSD use 40 years after 'Up in Smoke'," 3 Apr. 2018 That’s what makes all this so vomit-inducing for the Yankee-loathing rest of the country: The Yankees weren’t supposed to be this good this quickly. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Sorry, Baseball: The Evil Empire Is Back," 28 June 2018 When inspiration strikes, the world becomes full of dripping color, much like the ribbeting noise of his signature vomit-step sound. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Snails, Big Gigantic & Collie Buddz 'Feel the Vibe' of Inspiration: Watch," 10 July 2018 This time a groundskeeper had to rake the vomit off the mound. Matt Breen, Philly.com, "After vomit delay on mound, Phillies hold on to win," 17 June 2018 Double Dare ran from 1986 through 1993, and featured teams of kids competing against each other by filling hats up with milk and dumping them into a bigger bucket, sliding into pools of slime, and rifling through fake vomit to find a red flag. Jaya Saxena, GQ, "Double Dare Is Coming Back—But You're Probably Too Old to Be on It," 26 Apr. 2018 In a movie full of butt-chugging and vomit gags, the fashion is taken refreshingly seriously. Esther Zuckerman, The Cut, "Finally, a Movie That Gets Prom Dresses Right," 13 Apr. 2018 Has Burt Reynolds caught the word vomit that recently plagued Quincy Jones? Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "Burt Reynolds on Sally Field: 'She was seven when I fell in love with her'," 15 Mar. 2018 The bitter divorce battle between billionaire bond king Bill Gross and his ex-wife is beginning to stink — like vomit, flatulence and dead fish. Carleton English, Fox News, "Bill Gross made disputed home with ex-wife stink like vomit, dead fish with foul-smelling sprays: lawsuit," 18 June 2018

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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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vomit

noun

English Language Learners Definition of vomit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

vomit

verb

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

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

vomit

noun
vom·it | \ˈvä-mət \

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 \

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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