- Spew is defined as to gush or send out in force, particularly a liquid.
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)yēu- 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)
- spew alert
- drink alert
From Middle English spewen, from Old English spīwan, from Proto-Germanic *spīwaną, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)ptyēw- (“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 (speiwan). Also cognate, through Indo-European, with Latin spuō (“spit”, verb), Ancient Greek πτύω (ptuō, “spit, vomit”), Albanian shpif (“to disgust, slander”), Armenian թուք (tʿukʿ), Russian плевать (plevátʹ), Persian تف (tuf), Sanskrit ष्ठीवति (ṣṭhīvati).