Definition of vomit in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈvämət/

verb (vomits, vomiting, vomited)

[no object]
1Eject matter from the stomach through the mouth: the sickly stench made him want to vomit [with object]: she used to vomit up her food
More example sentences
  • Never vomit up a chemical on purpose until a doctor tells you to.
  • There is a sudden onset of severe vertigo, nausea, vomiting and the need to remain still.
  • He again become unwell two months later and was admitted to hospital with vomiting, drowsiness, and fever.
be sick, spew, heave, retch, gag, get sick
informal throw up, puke, purge, hurl, barf, upchuck, ralph
regurgitate, bring up, spew up, cough up, lose
informal throw up, puke, spit up
1.1 [with object] Emit (something) in an uncontrolled stream or flow: the machine vomited fold after fold of paper
More example sentences
  • Furthermore, particularly towards the end, he was almost vomiting the words out.
  • Or, rather more accurately and less sensationally, my cafetiére vomited coffee over a pile of pre-election literature.
  • In the drizzling rain the gargoyles which jut out high up on the pillars vomit water down onto our heads.


1Matter vomited from the stomach.
Example sentences
  • Instead, he felt surges of vomit rising from his stomach.
  • Finding blood in your vomit or actually vomiting blood can be alarming.
  • On the morning ward round the nurses mentioned that she had vomited earlier, and there was evidence of fresh vomit on her sheets.
informal puke, spew, barf
2 archaic An emetic.



Example sentences
  • Villains include the usual suspects of people happily picking their noses oblivious to the rest of the carriage, people putting feet on seats, people putting bags on seats, tube nutters, tube preachers, tube vomiters etc, etc.
  • I'm a noisy vomiter, too - I bet it woke the neighbours.
  • One of the biggest mistakes a vomiter can make is bending over.


Late Middle English: from Old French vomite (noun) or Latin vomitus, from vomere 'to vomit'.

Words that rhyme with vomit

comet, grommet

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Syllabification: vom·it

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