American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To send or force out in or as if in a stream; eject forcefully or in large amounts: a volcano that spewed molten lava; spewed invective at his opponent.
- v. To vomit or otherwise cast out through the mouth.
- v. To flow or gush forth: Water was spewing from the hydrant.
- v. To vomit.
- n. Something spewed.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To discharge the contents of the stomach; vomit; puke.
- In gunnery, to run at the mouth: said of a gun which bends at the chase, or whose muzzle droops, from too quick firing.
- To vomit; puke up or out; eject from or as if from the stomach.
- To eject as if by retching or heaving; send or cast forth from within; drive by internal force or effort: often used figuratively.
- To exude grease or become dull on the surface after being finished a short time: said of leather.
- v. to eject forcibly and in a stream
- v. slang to vomit
- v. slang to ejaculate
- v. slang to laugh unexpectedly while drinking, causing drink to exit the nose
- n. slang vomit or sick
- n. slang ejaculate
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To eject from the stomach; to vomit.
- v. To cast forth with abhorrence or disgust; to eject.
- v. To vomit.
- v. To eject seed, as wet land swollen with frost.
- n. That which is vomited; vomit.
- v. eject or send out in large quantities, also metaphorical
- v. expel or eject (saliva or phlegm or sputum) from the mouth
- v. eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth
- From Old English spīwan, from Proto-Germanic *spīwanan; cognate to the German speien ("to spew, spit, vomit"). Cognate with Albanian shpif ("to disgust, slander"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English spewen, from Old English spīwan. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Although by itself the term leaves a lingering impression, when the word "spew" is added to the sentence, it paints vivid mental images.”
“Nearly all of the lyrics that spew from the mouths of South African rave-rap surrealists Die Antwoord aren't printable on the website of a family newspaper, making the trio's Wednesday night performance at the 9: 30 Club difficult to recap.”
“Citing interviews with government officials, the report reveals that in late April or early May, the White House budget office denied a request from NOAA to make public its worst-case estimate of how much oil could spew from the blown-out well.”
“This list of talking points that Rush told you to spew is old and cliched and so stupid it is an embarassment to have to address this moronity AGAIN.”
“I just love the way PUNKS like you come in spew THEIR venom then snivel like a girlscout with a third degree burn when we treat YOU the way YOU treat us.”
“All they spew is hatred and intolerance and hire nothing but GOP folks (and alsorans at that). kc in va”
“People need to WAKE UP and smell the decaying spores that spew from the news commentators.”
“We heard Palin spew hate, lies and fear during the 2008 campaign.”
“The hatred and vitriol that you liberals spew is enlightening as to how you think.”
“Who really wants to shell out $500+ to see Palin spew rhetoric when you can just get better info for free off the net?”
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