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From Middle English spewen, from Old English spīwan, from Proto-Germanic *spīwaną, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)ptyēw- (to spit, vomit); Germanic cognates include English spit, West Frisian spije, Dutch spuwen, Low German speen, spiien, German speien (to spew, spit, vomit), Danish and Swedish spy, Gothic 𐍃𐍀𐌴𐌹𐍅𐌰𐌽 (speiwan). Also cognate, through Indo-European, with Latin spuō (spit, verb), Ancient Greek πτύω (ptúō, spit, vomit), Albanian fyt ‘throat’, Armenian թուք (tʿukʿ), Russian плева́ть (plevátʹ), Persian تف (tuf), Sanskrit ष्ठीवति (ṣṭhīvati).



spew (third-person singular simple present spews, present participle spewing, simple past spewed, past participle spewed or spewn)

  1. to eject forcibly and in a stream
    • 2014 December 11, Megan Willett, "The 16 Most Disappointing Places To Visit On Earth", Business Insider UK:
      But you get to the beach via monorail and you get to the sand and look out to the ocean and all you see is oil tankers and factories spewing smoke on the horizon. It was like some sort of futuristic dystopia.
  2. (informal) to vomit
  3. (slang) to ejaculate
  4. (slang) to laugh unexpectedly while drinking, causing drink to exit the nose
  5. To eject seed, as wet land swollen with frost.

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spew (uncountable)

  1. (slang) vomit or sick
  2. (slang) ejaculate

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