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The Collaborative International Dictionary

Spew \Spew\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Spewed; p. pr. & vb. n. Spewing.] [OE. spewen, speowen, AS. sp[=i]wan;n to D. spuwen to spit. OS & OHG. sp[=i]wan, G. speien, Icel. sp?ja to spew, Sw. spy, Dan. spye, Goth. spiewan, th. spjauti, L. spuere to split, Gr. ???, Skr. shtiv, shth[=i]v. Cf. Pyke, Spit.] [Written also spue.]

  1. To eject from the stomach; to vomit.

  2. To cast forth with abhorrence or disgust; to eject.

    Because thou art lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spew thee out of my mouth.
    --Rev. ii. 16.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

variant of spew (v.).


vb. (obsolete form of spew English)

  1. v. expel or eject (saliva or phlegm or sputum) from the mouth; "The father of the victim spat at the alleged murderer" [syn: spit, ptyalize, ptyalise, spew]

  2. eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth; "After drinking too much, the students vomited"; "He purged continuously"; "The patient regurgitated the food we gave him last night" [syn: vomit, vomit up, purge, cast, sick, cat, be sick, disgorge, regorge, retch, puke, barf, spew, chuck, upchuck, honk, regurgitate, throw up] [ant: keep down]