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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- (intransitive) To regurgitate or eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth; puke.
- (transitive) To regurgitate and discharge (something swallowed); to spew.
- 1988, Angela Carter, “Peter Carey: Oscar and Lucinda”, in Shaking a Leg, Vintage, published 2013, page 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.
- To eject from any hollow place; to belch forth; to emit.
- 1634 October 9 (first performance), [John Milton], edited by H[enry] Lawes, A Maske Presented at Ludlow Castle, 1634: […], London: […] [Augustine Matthews] for Hvmphrey Robinson, […], published 1637, →OCLC; reprinted as Comus: […] (Dodd, Mead & Company’s Facsimile Reprints of Rare Books; Literature Series; no. I), New York, N.Y.: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1903, →OCLC:
- Like the sons of Vulcan, vomit smoke.
- 1849 May – 1850 November, Charles Dickens, The Personal History of David Copperfield, London: Bradbury & Evans, […], published 1850, →OCLC:
- There was a chest of drawers with an escritoire top, for Uriah to read or write at of an evening; there was Uriah’s blue bag lying down and vomiting papers; there was a company of Uriah’s books commanded by Mr. Tidd; there was a corner cupboard: and there were the usual articles of furniture.
- 1907, E.M. Forster, The Longest Journey, Part I, III [Uniform ed., p. 45-46]:
- "Hullo!" said the athlete, and vomited with this greeting a cloud of tobacco-smoke. It must have been imprisoned in his mouth some time, for no pipe was visible.
- 2012, John Branch, “Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek”, in New York Time:
- 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.
- See also Thesaurus:regurgitate
- The regurgitated former contents of a stomach; vomitus.
- The act of regurgitating.
- The act of vomiting.
- (informal) Anything that is worthless; rubbish; trash.
- (obsolete) That which causes vomiting; an emetic.
- c. 1603–1604 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Othello, the Moore of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act II, scene iii]:
- He gives your Hollander a vomit.
- See also Thesaurus:vomit.