- The definition of a fume is smoke or gas, or something that is not real.
- An example of a fume is smoke from a barbecue.
- An example of a fume is an imaginary friend.
- Fume is defined as to give off gas or smoke, or to show anger.
- An example of fume is for a grill to produce smoke.
- An example of fume is to show how annoyed you are at someone for something they said.
- a gas, smoke, or vapor, esp. if offensive or suffocating
- anything imaginary or without substance
- Rare anything that weakens clear thinking
- Rare an outburst of anger, annoyance, etc.
- Chem. a number of solid or liquid particles within a gas
Origin of fumeMiddle English ; from Old French fum ; from Classical Latin fumus ; from Indo-European base an unverified form dheu-, to blow, smoke, be turbid from source dull
intransitive verbfumed, fuming
- to give off gas, smoke, or vapor
- to rise up or pass off in fumes
- to show, or give way to, anger, annoyance, etc.
Origin of fumeME fumen < OFr fumer < L fumare < fumus
- to expose to fumes
- to give off as fumes
- Vapor, gas, or smoke, especially if irritating, harmful, or strong.
- A strong or acrid odor.
- A state of resentment or vexation.
verbfumed fumed, fum·ing, fumes
- To subject to or treat with fumes.
- To give off in or as if in fumes.
- To emit fumes.
- To rise in fumes.
- To feel or show resentment or vexation.
Origin of fumeMiddle English, from Old French fum, from Latin fūmus.
- A gas or vapour/vapor that smells strongly or is dangerous to inhale. Fumes are solid particles formed by condensation from the gaseous state, e.g. metal oxides from volatilized metals. They can flocculate and coalesce. Their particle size is between 0.1 and 1 micron. (A micron is one millionth of a metre)
- Don't stand around in there breathing the fumes while the adhesive cures.
- A material that has been vaporized from the solid state to the gas state and re-coalesced to the solid state.
- Rage or excitement which deprives the mind of self-control.
- the fumes of passion
- Anything unsubstantial or airy; idle conceit; vain imagination.
- The incense of praise; inordinate flattery.
(third-person singular simple present fumes, present participle fuming, simple past and past participle fumed)
- In the sense of strong-smelling or dangerous vapor, the noun is typically plural, as in the example.
From Middle English, from Old French fum (“smoke, steam, vapour”), from Latin fūmus, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰuh₂mós (“smoke”), from Proto-Indo-European *dhūw- (“to smoke, raise dust”). More at dun, dusk.