I. verb Etymology: Middle English, from Old English spīwan; akin to Old High German spīwan to spit, Latin spuere, Greek ptyein Date: before 12th century intransitive verb 1. vomit 2. to come forth in a flood or gush 3. to ooze out as if under pressure ; exude transitive verb 1. vomit 2. to send or cast forth with vigor or violence or in great quantity <
a volcano spewing out ash
— often used with outspewer noun II. noun Date: 15th century 1. matter that is vomited ; vomit 2. material that exudes or is extruded

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • spew — (v.) O.E. spiwan spew, spit, from P.Gmc. *spiwanan (Cf. O.S. spiwan, O.N. spyja, O.Fris. spiwa, M.Du. spien, Du. spuwen, O.H.G. spiwan, Ger. speien, Goth. spiewan to spit ), from PIE *sp(y)eu , probably ultimately of imitative origin (C …   Etymology dictionary

  • spew — spew·er; spew; …   English syllables

  • spew — [ spju ] verb intransitive or transitive to flow out or make something flow out with a lot of force: cars spewing black exhaust fumes …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • spew — vb *belch, burp, vomit, disgorge, regurgitate, throw up …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • spew — [v] spit out belch, bring up, cascade, disgorge, eject, eruct, erupt, expel, flood, gush, heave, irrupt, puke*, regurgitate, scatter, spit, spit up, spread, spritz, throw up, urp*, vomit; concepts 179,308 …   New thesaurus

  • spew — ► VERB 1) expel or be expelled in large quantities rapidly and forcibly. 2) informal vomit. ► NOUN informal ▪ vomit. DERIVATIVES spewer noun. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

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