spew

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v spew eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth "After drinking too much, the students vomited","He purged continuously","The patient regurgitated the food we gave him last night"
    • v spew eject or send out in large quantities, also metaphorical "the volcano spews out molten rocks every day","The editors of the paper spew out hostile articles about the Presidential candidate"
    • v spew expel or eject (saliva or phlegm or sputum) from the mouth "The father of the victim spat at the alleged murderer"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Spew That which is vomited; vomit.
    • Spew To cast forth with abhorrence or disgust; to eject. "Because thou art lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spew thee out of my mouth."
    • Spew To eject from the stomach; to vomit.
    • Spew To eject seed, as wet land swollen with frost.
    • Spew To vomit. "These verses . . . make me ready to cast ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • spew To discharge the contents of the stomach; vomit; puke.
    • spew In gunnery, to run at the mouth: said of a gun which bends at the chase, or whose muzzle droops, from too quick firing.
    • spew To vomit; puke up or out; eject from or as if from the stomach.
    • spew To eject as if by retching or heaving; send or cast forth from within; drive by internal force or effort: often used figuratively.
    • spew To exude grease or become dull on the surface after being finished a short time: said of leather.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t., v.i Spew spū to vomit: to eject with loathing
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Quotations

  • Charles Browder
    Charles Browder
    “The good ideas are all hammered out in agony by individuals, not spewed out by groups.”
  • Miguel De Cervantes
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    “Good painters imitate nature, bad ones spew it up.”
  • Caecilius
    Caecilius
    “She'd have you spew up what you've drunk when you were out.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. spewen, speowen, AS. spīwan,;n to D. spuwen, to spit. OS & OHG. spīwan, G. speien, Icel. spja, to spew, Sw. spy, Dan. spye, Goth. spiewan, th. spjauti, L. spuere, to split, Gr. , Skr. shtiv, shthīv,. Cf. Pyke Spit
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. spíwan; Dut. spuwen, Ger. speien; also L. spuĕre, Gr. ptyein.

Usage

In literature:

It rolled to my feet, just starting to spew.
"Greylorn" by John Keith Laumer
The screen showed him a momentary glimpse of a swarm of small, flame-tailed objects spewing forth from one of the openings.
"This World Must Die!" by Horace Brown Fyfe
There was only a small volcano, spewing up gas and liquid from a hole in the rock.
"Anchorite" by Randall Garrett
Spewing a solid tail of purple fire, the Atlas leaped like a wasp-stung heifer from the launching pads and thundered into space.
"Make Mine Homogenized" by Rick Raphael
Some were spewing, some were praying.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. VIII (of X) - Continental Europe II." by Various
The sea spewed it up.
"A Poor Man's House" by Stephen Sydney Reynolds
Loyalty won and she turned and spewed fire towards home.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
Morning disclosed the highways "all spewed up with frost" and noon found them impassably mired.
"The Roof Tree" by Charles Neville Buck
But even as he cursed the first dirty brown wave spewed in over the ridge and swept down upon their valley.
"Hidden Water" by Dane Coolidge
Behind them, the Black Cruiser was spewing forth its brood.
"Fire Mountain" by Norman Springer
Foam spewed out and soaked the rug.
"All Day Wednesday" by Richard Olin
Again the guns spewed out their vengeful chorus.
"Aces Up" by Covington Clarke
Stephen obviously spews me out of his mouth, and I spew him out of mine, so help me!
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 23 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The crashing of trees in the forest, and the bursting of hot lava spewed out of the volcano, grew into a cannonade.
"Doubloons--and the Girl" by John Maxwell Forbes
A swath of tacks spewed into the bow of the nearest vinta bringing a chorus of pirate yells.
"The Pirates of Shan" by Harold Leland Goodwin
The desert began to spew forth attackers.
"World of the Drone" by Robert Abernathy
Steam spewed from the twisted radiator of the old wreck.
"The Prophetic Camera" by John McGreevey
It folded and slid off, spewing its crew into the night.
"A Yankee Flier with the R.A.F." by Rutherford G. Montgomery
He ducked for the floor of the cockpit just as the bubble windscreen detonated, spewing shards of plastic both outward and inward.
"Project Cyclops" by Thomas Hoover
A second or two later the first rocket torpedoes of the rebels went, spewing fire, toward their goal.
"The Revolt of the Star Men" by Raymond Gallun
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In poetry:

'If I should cry that in this shrine lie hid
Stories that Satan from his mouth would spew;
Wild tales that men in hell tell hoarsely--speak!
Saint and Deliverer! Should I slander you?'
"A Man And His Image" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Blasting the malachites beneath the rudder,
The seething sea spews pearly blobs of foam.
The shore sails nearer as we move from under
The ship's smooth, towering shape and make for home.
"A Farewell" by Ivan Bunin
Where grinning deserts hide unhid your skeleton stones,
Tadmor or Nineveh, our pomp has enter'd in:
the Dead Sea rolls more bitter above our blasted bones
and spews upon its shore the unwasted scurf of sin.
""The yellow gas is fired from street to street. ."" by Christopher Brennan
In these bless'd French perverted days,
Whan virtue's blam'd and vice gets praise,
And folk wi' words are sae bit.
Nae wonder sober stands for fou, And drinkers roar out while they spew,
'Virtus Tandem Vicebat.'
"To The Members Of The Sober Society; Sent To The Same With An Engraving" by Hector MacNeill
Or of the undying snake from chaos hatched,
Whose coils contain the ocean,
Into whose chops with naked sword he springs,
Then in black water, tangled by the reeds,
Battles three days and nights,
To be spewed up beside her scalloped shore?
"To Juan At The Winter Solstice" by Robert Graves

In news:

Volcano erupts in central Indonesia, spewing ash and smoke high into the sky.
The National Transportation and Safety Board will investigate the derailment of a freight train carrying ethanol in Columbus, Ohio, where flames spewed into the sky during the early-morning hours of Wednesday.
They drive cars, and spew carbon into the atmosphere.
Look at this one showing the spewed stomach contents of this flounder.
Work crews were cleaning up into the night in a Daly City neighborhood after a water main broke and spewed about 45,000 gallons of water into the neighborhood.
DALY CITY, Calif — Work crews were cleaning up into the night in a Daly City neighborhood after a water main broke and spewed about 45,000 gallons of water into the neighborhood.
DALY CITY, Calif.—Work crews were cleaning up into the night in a Daly City neighborhood after a water main broke and spewed about 45,000 gallons of water into the neighborhood.
This weekend, the desktop weaponeers took a partially printed rifle out to test how long its plastic parts survived spewing bullets.
Lord knows I can't spew enough hatred toward dog-killer Michael Vick.
A volcano in Russia is continuing to spew hot lava for the first time in nearly 40 years.
Dennis Guth and Bob Jennings are the types of guys that you might see together in a diner, their coffee cups spewing dialogue-balloon-shaped steam puffs on any given crisp, Iowa morning.
In light of the justified vitriol spewed at NFL commissioner Roger Goodell this week, I wondered who the most hated people are in sports at the moment.
Volcano spews ash, lava in Indonesia .
In hundreds of neighborhoods across the United States, children are living and playing near sites where factories once spewed lead and other toxic metal particles into the air.
Any singer can spew edgy sentiments, but it takes a master to make them stick.
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