I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French fum, from Latin fumus; akin to Old High German toumen to be fragrant, Sanskrit dhūma smoke, Old Church Slavic dymŭ Date: 14th century 1. a. a smoke, vapor, or gas especially when irritating or offensive <
engine exhaust fumes
b. an often noxious suspension of particles in a gas (as air) 2. something (as an emotion) that impairs one's reasoning <
sometimes his head gets a little hot with the fumes of patriotism — Matthew Arnold
3. a state of excited irritation or anger — usually used in the phrase in a fumefumy adjective II. verb (fumed; fuming) Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to expose to or treat with fumes 2. to give off in fumes <
fuming thick black smoke
3. to utter while in a state of excited irritation or anger intransitive verb 1. a. to emit fumes b. to be in a state of excited irritation or anger <
fretted and fumed over the delay
2. to rise in or as if in fumes

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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