Definition of spew in English:

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Pronunciation: /spjuː/


[with object]
1Expel large quantities of (something) rapidly and forcibly: buses were spewing out black clouds of exhaust
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  • Near the bigger cities, concrete tower blocks were common and huge chimneys spewed clouds of smoke.
  • An ugly-looking industrial plant was coming up with gigantic chimneys spewing black smoke into the sky.
  • Most important thing is to make sure the gas and oil mix (two cycle oil) is right so you won't burn out the engine or be spewing a lot of smoke.
emit, discharge, eject, expel, belch out, pour out, spout, disgorge
1.1 [no object, with adverbial of direction] Be poured or forced out in large quantities: great screeds of paper spewed out of the computer
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  • A North Vancouver company that manufactures state-of-the-art oil spill cleanup equipment is sending two containers to Iraq to help mop up oil spewing from burning oil wells.
  • No gushers, no oil spewing down like black rain from creaky wooden derricks.
  • Blood, flat like a sheet of paper, spewed from the split shoulder and the famous swordsman fell to the ground, his broken sword as dead as he.
1.2 [no object] informal Vomit: he felt faint and nauseous—he had to get out before he spewed
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  • Andrea felt sick and spewed over the side of the boat.
  • Take the drinking slowly, this doesn't mean you have to be the only sober person, it just means you won't be left behind spewing in the garden after all your friends leave for town.
  • And I could almost get through a whole pint of the black stuff without spewing.


[mass noun] informal
Example sentences
  • I am convinced of my son's comic timing as he always manages to hit me with this surprise spew only after I've changed or washed.
  • The spew in my hair, my top missing, this alien bathroom with its funny shower tiles, a kind of washed out blue with sea plants and animals inserted what seemed like randomly in between.



Example sentences
  • Redistribute some of the revenue billed from junk traffic to sites that are well-managed (e.g. the lower quartile of junk spewers), by reducing monthly fees.
  • In this review, he leaves the community of civil, respectful discourse and becomes a mere mouthpiece of the ideological left, a careless spewer of hateful rhetoric.
  • Instead of being portrayed as the unrepentant spewer of greenhouse gases that the publicly-traded company once was, they turn out to be The Corporation's heroes.


Old English spīwan, spēowan, of Germanic origin; related to German speien.

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