retch


retch

verb (used without object)

  1. to make efforts to vomit.

verb (used with object)

  1. to vomit.

noun

  1. the act or an instance of retching.

verb

  1. (intr) to undergo an involuntary spasm of ineffectual vomiting; heave
  2. to vomit

noun

  1. an involuntary spasm of ineffectual vomiting
v.

1540s, originally “to clear the throat, to cough up phlegm,” from Old English hræcan “to cough up, spit” (related to hraca “phlegm”), from Proto-Germanic *khrækijanan (cf. Old High German rahhison “to clear one’s throat”), of imitative origin (cf. Lithuanian kregeti “to grunt”). Meaning “to make efforts to vomit” is from 1850; sense of “to vomit” is first attested 1888. Related: Retched; retching.

v.

  1. To try to vomit.

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