Definition of vomit in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈvɒmɪt/

verb (vomits, vomiting, vomited)

[no object]
1Eject matter from the stomach through the mouth: the sickly stench made him want to vomit 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, spew up, fetch up;
heave, retch, reach, gag;
North American  get sick
informal throw up, puke, chunder, chuck up, hurl, pray to the porcelain god, do the technicolor yawn, keck, ralph
British informal honk, shoot the cat, vom
Scottish informal boke
North American informal barf, spit up, upchuck, blow chunks, toss one's cookies, blow chunks
Australian/New Zealand informal go for the big spit, play the whale, yodel, perk
archaic regorge, purge, brake, cascade
rare egurgitate
regurgitate, bring up, spew up, heave up, cough up;
Medicine  reject, lose
informal chuck up, throw up, puke
British informal sick up
North American informal spit up
archaic regorge, void
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.
eject, issue, emit, expel, send forth, discharge, disgorge, spout, throw out, cast out, spew out, belch
rare disembogue, eruct


1 [mass noun] Matter vomited from the stomach: the cell stank of vomit and urine
More 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.
technical vomitus, ejecta
informal chunder, puke, spew, pavement pizza, technicolor yawn, liquid laugh
North American informal barf, upchuck
archaic purge, parbreak
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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