Origin of barf
First recorded in 1955–60; expressive word of uncertain origin
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"I ain't had a barf since Gravesend," said Dickie, and flushed at the indiscretion.Harding's luck
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"Why, Barf is very near all the same as my own father," he said.
Phillips says that it is equivalent to 'barf,' and means 'a detached hill.'Climbing in The British Isles. Vol. 1 - England
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On being asked who he was, the occupant stood up and replied in a Cockney voice: "Sikey at the Barf!"
Barf Latrigg is ageing fast now; he was my father's crony; if I slighted him, I should feel as if father knew about it.
- to vomit
- the act of vomiting
- the matter ejected in vomiting
C20: probably of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for barf
"to vomit or retch,"1960, American English slang, probably imitative. Related: Barfed; barfing. As a noun, from 1966. Barf bag "air sickness pouch" attested from 1966.
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