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From Middle English vomiten, from Latin vomitāre, present active infinitive of vomitō (vomit repeatedly), frequentative form of vomō (be sick, vomit), from Proto-Indo-European *wemh₁- (to spew, vomit). Cognate with Old Norse váma (nausea, malaise), Old English wemman (to defile). More at wem.


  • (UK) enPR: vŏm'it, IPA(key): /ˈvɒmɪt/
  • Rhymes: -ɒmɪt
  • (US) enPR: vŏm'it, IPA(key): /ˈvɑmɪt/
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vomit (third-person singular simple present vomits, present participle vomiting, simple past and past participle vomited)

  1. (intransitive) To regurgitate or eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth; puke.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Bible, Jonah ii. 10
      The fish [] vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.
  2. (transitive) To regurgitate and discharge (something swallowed); to spew.
    • 1988, Angela Carter, ‘Peter Carey: Oscar and Lucinda’, in Shaking a Leg, Vintage 2013, p. 713:
      It is the illicit Christmas pudding an incorrigible servant cooks for the little boy one Christmas Day that sparks Oscar's first crisis of belief, for his father, opposed to Christmas pudding on theological grounds, makes the child vomit his helping.
  3. To eject from any hollow place; to belch forth; to emit.
    • 2012, John Branch, “Snow Fall : The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek”, in New York Time[1]:
      After about a minute, the creek bed vomited the debris into a gently sloped meadow. Saugstad felt the snow slow and tried to keep her hands in front of her.
    • (Can we date this quote?) John Milton
      Like the sons of Vulcan, vomit smoke.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Charlotte Brontë
      a column of smoke, such as might be vomited by a park of artillery


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vomit (usually uncountable, plural vomits)

  1. The regurgitated former contents of a stomach; vomitus.
  2. The act of regurgitating.
  3. (obsolete) That which causes vomiting; an emetic.



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