v. spewed, spew·ing, spews
1. To send out or force out in large amounts: a volcano that spewed molten lava; spewed invective at his opponent.
2. To vomit or otherwise cast out (matter) through the mouth.
1. To flow or gush forth: Water was spewing from the hydrant.
2. To vomit.
[Middle English spewen, from Old English spīwan.]
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