Definition of vomit in English:



  • 1 Eject matter from the stomach through the mouth.

    ‘the sickly stench made him want to vomit’
    [with object] ‘she used to vomit up her food’
    • ‘Forcing a person who has swallowed a caustic substance to vomit can be very dangerous.’
    • ‘The disease can flare-up suddenly, with symptoms including fever, pain and vomiting.’
    • ‘She had suffered a major haemorrhage four days after having her tonsils removed at the hospital and was vomiting blood.’
    • ‘He again become unwell two months later and was admitted to hospital with vomiting, drowsiness, and fever.’
    • ‘It turned out that only a few patients had turned up at hospital with vomiting, and this was probably related to a common food source.’
    • ‘On the morning ward round the nurses mentioned that she had vomited earlier, and there was evidence of fresh vomit on her sheets.’
    • ‘One of the four children, a two-year-old, had a stomach virus and was vomiting.’
    • ‘If the person vomits or bleeds from the mouth, turn the person on his or her side to prevent choking.’
    • ‘That sounds nice, but I think if I put something in my mouth, I'll vomit.’
    • ‘There is a sudden onset of severe vertigo, nausea, vomiting and the need to remain still.’
    • ‘Never vomit up a chemical on purpose until a doctor tells you to.’
    • ‘His father vomits green bile, his body racked by heaves.’
    • ‘The symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal pain.’
    • ‘Allowing yourself to vomit can help reduce nausea but do not force yourself to be sick.’
    • ‘She presented again two weeks later, still vomiting up to four times a day, with associated nausea and light-headedness.’
    • ‘Her stomach rolled and she vomited for the second time that day.’
    • ‘The winner got something like 18 down him, but we did get to see the delightful sight of one of the losers vomiting huge amounts.’
    • ‘All the 16 dead were found to have vomited white liquid before dying and all were aged between 50 and 70.’
    • ‘If you can eat solid food without vomiting, stick to bland foods such as crackers and noodles.’
    • ‘Cooper vomits every time he takes even a few small bites, and he's generally not interested in it.’
    be sick, spew, spew up, fetch up
    regurgitate, bring up, spew up, heave up, cough up
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    1. 1.1[with object]Emit (something) in an uncontrolled stream or flow.
      ‘the machine vomited fold after fold of paper’
      • ‘It almost seemed as though her navy blue book bag vomited its contents onto the carpeted floor.’
      • ‘Or, rather more accurately and less sensationally, my cafetiére vomited coffee over a pile of pre-election literature.’
      • ‘The fact that he consumes the underbelly of American culture and then vomits it back up is to his credit, but unfortunately this slips past some.’
      • ‘Sam stumbled, dropping Banner's briefcase, which vomited papers all over the hall.’
      • ‘Furthermore, particularly towards the end, he was almost vomiting the words out.’
      • ‘In the drizzling rain the gargoyles which jut out high up on the pillars vomit water down onto our heads.’
      • ‘She vomits greenhouse gas emissions into the air at a rate greater than anyone else does and it's no surprise that her partner in resisting signing the Kyoto treaty, Australia, comes in a close second in polluting the planet.’
      eject, issue, emit, expel, send forth, discharge, disgorge, spout, throw out, cast out, spew out, belch
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  • 1[mass noun] Matter vomited from the stomach.

    ‘the cell stank of vomit and urine’
    • ‘You may also have a sour taste in your mouth or a feeling that vomit is rising in your throat.’
    • ‘Instead, he felt surges of vomit rising from his stomach.’
    • ‘If the patient has been sick, collect a small sample of vomit for analysis at the hospital.’
    • ‘Some people are afraid their baby will choke on vomit if put on their backs.’
    • ‘The mornings also bring the added delights of pools of vomit and urine to negotiate.’
    • ‘The person should be placed on one side to avoid the possibility of inhaling vomit.’
    • ‘The pathologist's evidence and his report indicated that a considerable amount of vomit had been aspirated, particularly into one lung.’
    • ‘The recovery position ensures that an unconscious person maintains an open airway that the tongue cannot be swallowed, and any vomit or fluid will not cause choking.’
    • ‘Finding blood in your vomit or actually vomiting blood can be alarming.’
    • ‘There are between 70 and 150 deaths per year in the UK caused by suffocation, heart failure or choking on vomit.’
    • ‘Pneumonia can also be caused by inhaling substances, such as caustic chemicals, food or vomit into the lungs.’
    • ‘The stench of vomit, blood, and urine fills her nostrils.’
    • ‘I hear - can't see - someone throwing up, and my own stomach heaves as the smell of vomit drifts over.’
    • ‘The rank, steaming smell of vomit mingled with the tangy stink of blood, sweat, and fear.’
    • ‘There was always so much vomit and urine on the floor.’
    • ‘Cell twenty-one was around one corner of a dark, narrow corridor that smelt of disinfectant with an undertone of urine and vomit.’
    • ‘The report highlights pavements stained with vomit and urine and litter bins in bad condition.’
    • ‘On the morning ward round the nurses mentioned that she had vomited earlier, and there was evidence of fresh vomit on her sheets.’
    • ‘The disease can spread on contact with body fluids such as blood, urine, excrement, vomit and saliva.’
    • ‘Many parents worry about death from choking on phlegm or vomit.’
    vomitus, ejecta
    chunder, puke, spew, pavement pizza, technicolor yawn, liquid laugh
    barf, upchuck
    purge, parbreak
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  • 2archaic An emetic.


Late Middle English: from Old French vomite (noun) or Latin vomitus, from vomere to vomit.