- [often pl.] a gas, smoke, or vapor, esp. if offensive or suffocating
- 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, fum′ing
- to give off gas, smoke, or vapor
- to rise up or pass off in fumes
- to feel, 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