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verb, noun Slang.
  1. vomit.

Origin of barf

First recorded in 1955–60; expressive word of uncertain origin
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verb (tr)
  1. to vomit
  1. the act of vomiting
  2. the matter ejected in vomiting

Word Origin

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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