spew

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English spewen, from Old English spīwan, from Proto-Germanic *spīwaną, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)ptyēw- (to spit, vomit); Germanic cognates include 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 (ptuō, spit, vomit), Albanian shpif (to disgust, slander), Armenian թուք (tʿukʿ), Russian плевать (plevátʹ), Persian تف (tuf), Sanskrit ष्ठीवति (ṣṭhīvati).

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Verb[edit]

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

  1. to eject forcibly and in a stream
  2. (slang) 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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Noun[edit]

spew (plural spews)

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

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