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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Other Words from vomit


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


The dog vomited on the floor. The patient was vomiting blood.

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Once inside, authorities discovered that the boy’s 4- and 6-year-old siblings also had been vomiting, so another order was obtained to take the older children into temporary custody. Jacques Billeaud, The Seattle Times, "Police in Arizona kick in door to bring sick boy to hospital," 29 Mar. 2019 Abdominal migraine: Most often found in children, abdominal migraines are characterized by pain in the stomach that lasts from two to 72 hours, vomiting, frequent yawning, and loss of appetite. Katy Schneider, The Cut, "Why Did It Take So Long to Figure Out Migraines?," 22 May 2018 The weapons specialist vomited against a wall outside. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "‘I Think I’ve Been Shot’: Nighttime Raid in Afghanistan Reveals New U.S. Strategy," 5 Dec. 2018 Journalism people just vomit up information all the time. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Why the New York Times won’t sell itself to a billionaire," 5 Nov. 2018 In another, a couple in their mid-60s vomited and blacked out after two margaritas. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Terrifying stories from tourists in Mexico continue a year after mysterious drowning," 27 June 2018 Additional symptoms like vomiting and diarrhea occur more often in kids than adults. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Flu Symptoms in Kids Come Suddenly, But You Can Act Fast If You Know What to Look For," 19 Oct. 2018 Both of these were gorier moments (read: hair vomiting and body part eating) that made my palms sweat. Lindsey Lanquist, SELF, "I Tracked My Heart Rate While Watching the 10 'Scariest' Movies on Netflix," 14 June 2018 Eating too much over an extended period can cause the dog to suffer from diarrhea, vomiting and unusually heavy breathing. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "What got this dog food recalled might have caused thyroid problems in four pooches," 13 June 2018

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That’s the only way to retain their fickle customers. Keung’s latest experiment is not a visual dish that will delight kids who want to make a dumpling vomit. Lucas Shaw, The Seattle Times, "From pig-shaped bao to ‘Pac Man’ dumplings, chefs now make dim sum for the Instagram generation," 25 Mar. 2019 This week is exactly 10 years since the vomit-inducing moment when the S&P 500 hit an intraday low of 666 (rounding down), Citigroup became a penny stock and General Motors was considering bankruptcy. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "Why It’s So Hard to Buy the Market at the Bottom and Hang On," 7 Mar. 2019 The acidity of the brew often makes people vomit during the ceremony, and the drug can elevate blood pressure and heart rate. Erica Sweeney, Teen Vogue, "What Ayahuasca Is, and What You Should Know About It," 31 Aug. 2018 The combination can lead to blood in the vomit — a sure sign your dog or cat needs professional medical care. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "5 Holiday Plants That Are Way More Toxic Than Poinsettias to Cats and Dogs," 14 Dec. 2018 Somewhere in the midst of all the word vomit, my doctor had an a-ha moment. Kayleigh Roberts, Allure, "Why Women With ADHD Like Me Get Diagnosed So Late in Adulthood," 25 Oct. 2018 Other top draws: the conveyor belt of pick-your-own macarons and, less delectably, a collection of fake vomit. Laura Feasey, WSJ, "5 Mood-Lifting Museums," 11 Oct. 2018 Chronic back pain and nausea caused her to vomit twice during our interview at a safe house in the capital. Juan Carlos, Marie Claire, "This Is What a World Without Reproductive Rights Would Be Like," 25 Apr. 2016 So get ready for all your shutter-inducing, vomit-worthy, disgustingly satisfying dreams to come true. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "10 Gross AF Pimple Popping Videos That Are Disgustingly Satisfying," 10 Sep. 2018

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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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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



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


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

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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