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



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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In addition, the fumes are toxic and can lead to nausea, vomiting, headaches, dizziness, confusion, breathing difficulties, and nose and throat irritation, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. Jameelah Nasheed, Teen Vogue, "Kentucky State Police Say a Teen Got His Parents Busted for Allegedly Cooking Meth," 21 Sep. 2018 This is an important takeaway and one that illuminates that not only does outlandishly uncivil actions (like vomiting) rightly irritate drivers to the point of giving passengers a low-star rating, so do the seemingly less obnoxious behaviors. Nicole Spector /, NBC News, "Is your Uber rating low? One of these bad behaviors may be to blame," 23 May 2018 Removing that kind of oil could be a primary application for Oleo's Sponge, especially in harbors and near major metropolitan areas, where vehicle runoff after rainstorms and recreational boats vomits oil into the natural habitat. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "New sponge for cleaning harbor oil leaks has a successful real-world test," 16 Aug. 2018 Such actions can delay the movement of air in and out of the lungs and greatly increase the risk of vomiting, the journal says, with a much greater chance of death. Dwight Adams, Indianapolis Star, "Here's what you need to know to prevent drownings," 13 June 2018 These hit every few months — hours of intense abdominal pain that came and went like labor, followed by hours of vomiting that often led to a trip to the emergency room; this had been going on for the past 12 years, with no diagnosis. Gayle Brandeis, Longreads, "A Tale of Two Vegases," 21 Feb. 2018 Also, dehydration from issues like vomiting, diarrhea, and not drinking enough fluids can cause dryness, Dr. Saria says, as can poor nutrition that can come with appetite changes. Korin Miller, SELF, "11 Common Chemotherapy Side Effects, Plus How to Ease Them," 18 June 2018 Christine Beal had been vomiting for four to five days and was admitted into the intensive care unit at Community Hospital of Long Beach, according to the report. Cindy Carcamo, latimes.com, "Ex-boyfriend of woman killed in Aliso Viejo explosion to remain behind bars," 21 May 2018 Symptoms of infection include vomiting, painful cramps and diarrhea that is often bloody. Lena H. Sun And Joel Achenbach, chicagotribune.com, "Source of E.coli-contaminated romaine lettuce still a mystery, FDA says," 24 Apr. 2018

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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 It is spread by bodily fluids such as blood, diarrhea, sweat and vomit. NBC News, "What is Ebola? The new outbreak in Congo explained," 18 May 2018 Gragson celebrated his second career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory at Kansas Speedway on Friday in the same fashion — minus the vomit. Todd Engle, kansascity, "Noah Gragson picks up NASCAR trucks win at Kansas Speedway | The Kansas City Star," 11 May 2018 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

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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)

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



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


vom·​it | \ˈvä-mət \

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 \

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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