Definition of spew in English:



[with object]
  • 1Expel large quantities of (something) rapidly and forcibly.

    ‘buses were spewing out black clouds of exhaust’
    • ‘Cities had held towers rising to the heavens, but now dark chimneys, tall as trees, spewed their smoke over the sky.’
    • ‘Looking overhead, he watched as two more massive explosions spewed black smoke and metallic debris onto rooftops and houses below.’
    • ‘Two pulp mills spew chemicals into the river that is the only source of the city's water.’
    • ‘The creature roared in agony, thrashing about and spewing gouts of blood, until it lay quivering in a pool of its own gore.’
    • ‘By now, the helicopter had begun to spew smoke, not able to withstand as a shield for much longer.’
    • ‘In the capital Manila, activists have asked the city's three-million cellphone users to report the licence numbers of cars spewing black smoke.’
    • ‘The source of the trouble lies to the north, where it spews its venom throughout the Great Kingdom, breeding dissension as rotten meat breeds maggots.’
    • ‘How long has it been since you've hollered for that rickety three wheel convertible drive that spewed no smoke and burnt no holes in the pocket?’
    • ‘Phone books carry instructions on what to do if an attack or accident spews chemicals or radioactivity into the air.’
    • ‘Most important thing is to make sure the gas and oil mix (two cycle oil) is right so you won't burn out the engine or be spewing a lot of smoke.’
    • ‘An ugly-looking industrial plant was coming up with gigantic chimneys spewing black smoke into the sky.’
    • ‘Mercury is spewed into the air from coal-burning plants and facilities that incinerate medical waste.’
    • ‘Visa officials should have the immediate power to deny entry to all those who spew hatred of America or who belong to organizations that express enmity to the United States.’
    • ‘She chomped on the cigar, and seething, she inhaled sharply and spewed a jet-stream of carcinogenic smoke into the acrid atmosphere between them.’
    • ‘Greed is one of the primary factors that induces corporations to, say, spew chemicals into our air and water.’
    • ‘One fighter spewed a thick cloud of smoke and was the first to attempt a landing as the others made their approach in a two-by-two pattern.’
    • ‘Near the bigger cities, concrete tower blocks were common and huge chimneys spewed clouds of smoke.’
    • ‘Jessica stopped after only about fifty yards when the engine began to spew dark smoke.’
    • ‘Some filmed the water cannon spewing water and thick black smoke into the detainees' cage.’
    • ‘It constantly spews toxic chemicals into the air here, and the residents I work with suffer from headaches, nosebleeds and respiratory problems.’
    emit, discharge, eject, expel, belch out, pour out, spout, disgorge
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    1. 1.1no object, with adverbial of direction Be poured or forced out in large quantities.
      ‘great screeds of paper spewed out of the computer’
      • ‘It was so thick that you could stick a pin needle into the ground and oil would come spewing out of the ground.’
      • ‘A lava spout spewed from the relics and threw the androids back.’
      • ‘Oil and smoke spewed from the engine compartment.’
      • ‘No gushers, no oil spewing down like black rain from creaky wooden derricks.’
      • ‘Blood, flat like a sheet of paper, spewed from the split shoulder and the famous swordsman fell to the ground, his broken sword as dead as he.’
      • ‘Blood spurted out of her unprotected neck and spewed all over the floor.’
      • ‘Last spring I struggled to find ways to combat the negativity that was spewing forth from certain politicians via mainstream media.’
      • ‘This article spews forth opinions as if they are facts and figures.’
      • ‘The samurai choked as a spurt of blood spewed out, splashing Ayumi in the face.’
      • ‘Its main geographical features are three low hills formed from superheated mud that spews periodically from the earth's bowels.’
      • ‘Immediately, a rush of power spewed forth from within, sending a reverberating shock wave through the district.’
      • ‘Most energy quickly collapses into a black hole, but some spews out in a flood of super hot neutrons and atomic nuclei.’
      • ‘A North Vancouver company that manufactures state-of-the-art oil spill cleanup equipment is sending two containers to Iraq to help mop up oil spewing from burning oil wells.’
      • ‘In the surrounding countryside, at least a dozen cows and sheep lay dead, covered by the silty grey material that began spewing on August 4 from the crater, obscured from view by a shroud of dark clouds.’
      • ‘The rapid formation of bubbles is also why a carbonated beverage spews when opened after having been shaken.’
      • ‘After landing, I looked in the burner can and found oil spewed all over the inside.’
      • ‘Ashley and Rick watch on as the foam spews forth from the measuring cylinder as a result of the chemical reaction.’
      • ‘Who has time to read, never mind cope with, the mountain of red tape that spews out of Brussels: employment legislation, working time directives, discrimination laws, VAT rules, etc?’
      • ‘Joey stared at it absently, taking an exaggerated interest in the papers spewing out.’
      • ‘Heading straight into the sun the bow of the ship raises its fist for another attack on a relentless swell and angry salt spray spews into the air only to fall back into the collective pit of unchallenged hyaline.’
      pour, gush, spurt, surge, spout, jet, rush
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    2. 1.2informal no object Vomit.
      ‘he felt faint and nauseous—he had to get out before he spewed’
      • ‘And I could almost get through a whole pint of the black stuff without spewing.’
      • ‘Take the drinking slowly, this doesn't mean you have to be the only sober person, it just means you won't be left behind spewing in the garden after all your friends leave for town.’
      • ‘Andrea felt sick and spewed over the side of the boat.’
      vomit, be sick, spew up, fetch up
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mass nouninformal
  • Vomit.

    • ‘I am convinced of my son's comic timing as he always manages to hit me with this surprise spew only after I've changed or washed.’
    • ‘The spew in my hair, my top missing, this alien bathroom with its funny shower tiles, a kind of washed out blue with sea plants and animals inserted what seemed like randomly in between.’


Old English spīwan, spēowan, of Germanic origin; related to German speien.