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Fume \Fume\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Fumed; p. pr. & vb. n. Fuming.] [Cf. F. fumer, L. fumare to smoke. See Fume, n.]

  1. To smoke; to throw off fumes, as in combustion or chemical action; to rise up, as vapor.

    Where the golden altar fumed.

    Silenus lay, Whose constant cups lay fuming to his brain.

  2. To be as in a mist; to be dulled and stupefied.

    Keep his brain fuming.

  3. To pass off in fumes or vapors.

    Their parts are kept from fuming away by their fixity.

  4. To be in a rage; to be hot with anger.

    He frets, he fumes, he stares, he stamps the ground.

    While her mother did fret, and her father did fume.
    --Sir W. Scott.

    To fume away, to give way to excitement and displeasure; to storm; also, to pass off in fumes.


vb. (en-past of: fume)


adj. (of wood) darkened or colored by exposure to ammonia fumes; "fumed oak"


Usage examples of "fumed".

Intercommunal violence would not be suppressed, or sublimated, but stimulated and fumed to counterinsurgent purpose.

Parsons fumed: the dogs had cost the government a lot of money to train and would cost the government more if they died because brass had insisted that I stick to infantry duties.

The district reminded Tamar of the grimiest parts of Breven, all blocky buildings, oily cobblestones, and noxiously fumed air.

Why should people like Mace possess the power they had, Sam fumed, and have to be endured by honest businessmen who sought, from the Maces of this world, no more than equal honesty and fairness?

In both instances an assortment of spectacularly hideous alien apparitions visible and audible only to his chemically altered perception fumed powerlessly at him, threatening with tentacles and teeth, with razor-edged suckers and wet, unclean fumy lips.

Carole sat on the edge of the fountain and fumed while Anastasia zoomed around the statue of the octopus spouting water into the pool.

I liked, while her father and mother only laughed, and the silly Harlequin fretted and fumed at not being able to take the same liberties with his Dulcinea.

He was greeted warmly by the First and Laquatus, but the ambassador visibly fumed when he was ordered to stay behind while the Cabalists fetched the sphere.

He had my luggage hauled down, and not being able to hinder him I fumed in silence.

In the fulness of his vanity and wit, Wylo began to make gratuitous fun of Yan-coo, who fretted and fumed and terrified the piccaninnies with still more hideous debils-debils.

Well, Belial fumed, if her pregnancy was going to make her sleep in during the mornings, then perhaps.

When the supper and the wine had sufficiently raised my spirits, I devoted my attention to Bassi's daughter, who let me do what I liked, while her father and mother only laughed, and the silly Harlequin fretted and fumed at not being able to take the same liberties with his Dulcinea.

The French lord had fumed and fretted, uttered blasphemous obscenities, made scandalous comments upon the probable ancestries and personal habits of the petty kings of Ireland, then stamped a foot and stalked off to his cabin to sulk among his packed-up gear.

The behinders fumed their faces to each other, Geelie heard a whisper or two, someone cleared a throat.

Horses reared and bolted, men bellowed and swore, and drifts of acrid white smoke fumed from the window.