Variant of fume
- 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