Definitions

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  • n. The fumes of alcoholic drink.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The fumes of drink.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality of being fumous or fumid; tendency to emit fumes or cause eructation.
  • n. plural Fumes arising from excessive drinking or eating, or eructations from indigestible food.

Etymologies

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Compare Old French fumosité.

Examples

  • For by opening, itself doth receive from the heart and that by the wrinklings and folding in length; by closing, itself doth put out superfluous fumosity, which is done by wrinkling and folding the curtels overthwart and in breadth, in the which the spirit is drawn from the heart.

    Mediaeval Lore from Bartholomew Anglicus

  • Hence the lungs do not inspire sufficient air to mitigate the innate heat of the heart, and the heart fails to purify itself of the fumosity or fumous vapors generated in itself.

    Gilbertus Anglicus Medicine of the Thirteenth Century

  • The abbot made a show of being concerned at this accident and letting untruss him, caused fetch cold water and cast it in his face and essay many other remedies of his fashion, as if he would recall the strayed life and senses from [the oppression of] some fumosity of the stomach or what not like affection that had usurped them.

    The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio

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  • Fat, buttery fumosity of amber decanted Madeira. Sour chalkiness of the twentieth pillule.

    - Peter Reading, C, 1984

    July 4, 2008