An example of to spew is to quickly spit out a large amount of milk.
- to throw up (something) from or as from the stomach; vomit
- to flow or cause to flow plentifully; gush
Origin of spewMiddle English spewen from Old English spiwan, akin to German speien, Gothic speiwan from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)p(h)y?u- from source Classical Latin spuere, to vomit, Classical Greek ptyein, to spit
verbspewed, spew·ing, spews
- To send out or force out in large amounts: a volcano that spewed molten lava; spewed invective at his opponent.
- To vomit or otherwise cast out (matter) through the mouth.
- To flow or gush forth: Water was spewing from the hydrant.
- To vomit.
Origin of spewMiddle English spewen from Old English spīwan
(third-person singular simple present spews, present participle spewing, simple past and past participle spewed)
From Middle English spewen, from Old English spÄ«wan, from Proto-Germanic *spÄ«wanÄ…, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)ptyÄ“w- (“to spit, vomit"); Germanic cognates include West Frisian spije, Dutch spuwen, Low German speen, spiien, German speien (“to spew, spit, vomit"), Danish and Swedish spy, Gothic ðƒð€ðŒ´ðŒ¹ð…ðŒ°ðŒ½ (speiwan). Also cognate, through Indo-European, with Latin spuÅ (“spit", verb), Ancient Greek Ï€Ï„ÏÏ‰ (ptuÅ, “spit, vomit"), Albanian shpif (“to disgust, slander"), Armenian Õ©Õ¸Ö‚Ö„ (tÊ¿ukÊ¿), Russian Ð¿Ð»ÐµÐ²Ð°Ñ‚ÑŒ (plevÃ¡tÊ¹), Persian ØªÙ (tuf), Sanskrit à¤·à¥à¤ à¥€à¤µà¤¤à¤¿ (á¹£á¹hÄ«vati).