vomit (n.) late 14c., "act of expelling contents of the stomach through the mouth," from L. vomitare "to vomit often," frequentative of vomere "spew forth, discharge," from PIE root *wem- "to spit, vomit" (Cf. Gk. emein "to vomit," emetikos "provoking sickness;" Skt. vamati "he vomits;" Avestan vam- "to spit;" Lith. vemiu "to vomit," O.N. væma "seasickness"). In reference to the matter so ejected, it is attested from late 14c. The verb is recorded from early 15c. Related: Vomited; vomiting.

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  • Vomit — Vom it, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Vomited}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Vomiting}.] [Cf. L. vomere, vomitum, and v. freq. vomitare. See {Vomit}, n.] To eject the contents of the stomach by the mouth; to puke; to spew. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • vomit — ► VERB (vomited, vomiting) 1) eject matter from the stomach through the mouth. 2) emit in an uncontrolled stream or flow. ► NOUN ▪ matter vomited from the stomach. ORIGIN Latin vomere to vomit …   English terms dictionary

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