Other forms: fumes; fumed; fuming

To fume is to feel or express great anger. You would fume if your teacher accused you of cheating when you didn't.

As a verb, fume is usually used figuratively to mean "to feel very angry," whereas as a noun, it is used more as its Latin root fumus "smoke, steam, vapor." A strong-smelling gas, smoke or vapor is also called a fume. In cartoons, when a character is fuming, it is often drawn with fumes coming out of its ears. You may fume about the inconsiderate person who sits in the car with the engine running, spewing clouds of exhaust fumes.

Definitions of fume
  1. noun
    a cloud of fine particles suspended in a gas
    synonyms: smoke
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    gun smoke
    smoke created by the firing of guns
    a stifling cloud of smoke
    type of:
    a cloud of solid or liquid particles in a gas
  2. verb
    emit a cloud of fine particles
    “The chimney was fuming
    synonyms: smoke
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    type of:
    emit, give off, give out
    give off, send forth, or discharge; as of light, heat, or radiation, vapor, etc.
  3. verb
    treat with fumes, expose to fumes, especially with the aim of disinfecting or eradicating pests
    synonyms: fumigate
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    type of:
    process, treat
    subject to a process or treatment, with the aim of readying for some purpose, improving, or remedying a condition
  4. verb
    be mad, angry, or furious
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    type of:
    experience, feel
    undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind
  5. verb
    be wet with sweat or blood, as of one's face
    synonyms: reek
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    type of:
    exudate, exude, ooze, ooze out, transude
    release (a liquid) in drops or small quantities




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