From Middle English spewen, from Old English spīwan, from Proto-Germanic *spīwaną, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)ptyēw- ("to spit, vomit"); Germanic cognates include English spit, West Frisian spije, Dutch spuwen, Low German speen, spiien, German speien ("to spew, spit, vomit"), Swedish spy, Danish spy, Faroese spýggja, Gothic 𐍃𐍀𐌴𐌹𐍅𐌰𐌽. Also cognate, through Indo-European, with Latin spuō ("spit"), Ancient Greek πτύω ("spit, vomit"), Albanian fyt ("throat"), Armenian թուք, Russian плева́ть, Persian تف, Sanskrit ष्ठीवति.
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