retch

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v retch eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth "After drinking too much, the students vomited","He purged continuously","The patient regurgitated the food we gave him last night"
    • v retch make an unsuccessful effort to vomit; strain to vomit
    • n retch an involuntary spasm of ineffectual vomiting "a bad case of the heaves"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t. & i Retch To care for; to heed; to reck.
    • v. i Retch rĕch or rēch To make an effort to vomit; to strain, as in vomiting. "Beloved Julia, hear me still beseeching!Here he grew inarticulate with retching"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • retch To reach.
    • retch To make efforts to vomit.
    • retch Same as reck.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Retch rech to try to vomit: to strain: to reach.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. hræcan, to clear the throat, hawk, fr. hraca, throat; akin to G. rachen, and perhaps to E. rack, neck
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hrǽcanhrǽc, a cough; Ice. hrækja.

Usage

In literature:

But it was only Herb, doubled up on the floor and very quietly retching.
"Pagan Passions" by Gordon Randall Garrett
There will be some symptoms of distress, fullness of the abdomen, cough, and occasionally retching movements.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
I was thoroughly seasick, retching and vomiting over the narrow freeboard.
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
He retch he han' in, he did, en git some en put it in he mouf.
"Nights With Uncle Remus" by Joel Chandler Harris
One of the soldiers retched in his pocket and got something and throwed it up on top of the house.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
There was direful retching and hasty ejection.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 108, October, 1866" by Various
She continued to retch and moan most horribly.
"The Hunted Heroes" by Robert Silverberg
The pain from his wounds was excruciating, so that each muscular effort brought a retching groan from him.
"'Drag' Harlan" by Charles Alden Seltzer
He retch he han' in, he did, en git some en put it in he mouf.
"Nights With Uncle Remus" by Joel Chandler Harris
I retch up an' pull him in, Den dat ole 'possum 'gin to grin.
"Negro Folk Rhymes" by Thomas W. Talley
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In poetry:

I felt a little bitter feelin' foolin' round about
The aidges of my conscience; but I didn't let it out;--
I simply retch out, trimbly-like, and tuck the boy's hand,
And though I did n't say a word, I knowed he'd understand.
"How John Quit The Farm" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

Nonproductive retching or visible bloating are an indication to seek emergency veterinary attention immediately.
Nebula hails from the sun-dappled wasteland that is Southern California, which, as everyone knows, serves as the headwaters of the great So-Cal Punk Shit River (insert retching noises here).
Jake (a feral Joe Estlack) retches in the dark, then tries to pound off the wall the pay phone into which he's shouting.
If her retching does not get under control, she isn't expected to make it to her fourth birthday.
I imagined showing up at the Bike Kitchen and seeing a bunch of gear heads retch at the smell of incompetence as I walked in the shop.
An older, mellower Tom Green talks regret, stand-up and making conservative America retch.
So Mitt's officially an Etch-a-Sketch, And Rick says JFK's speech made him retch.
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