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barf

[bahrf] /bɑrf/
verb, noun, Slang.
1.
Origin of barf
1955-1960
First recorded in 1955-60; expressive word of uncertain origin
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  • On being asked who he was, the occupant stood up and replied in a Cockney voice: "Sikey at the barf!"

  • Phillips says that it is equivalent to 'barf,' and means 'a detached hill.'

  • "I ain't had a barf since Gravesend," said Dickie, and flushed at the indiscretion.

    Harding's luck E. [Edith] Nesbit
  • Yes, yes; barf is as happy as a boy now, but I remember when he was back-set and fore-set with trouble.

    The Squire of Sandal-Side Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • barf Latrigg was sixty then, turning a bit gray, but able to shear with any man they could put against him.

    The Squire of Sandal-Side Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • barf had lost his sight when I got there; but he knew my voice, and he asked me to lay my face against his face.

    The Squire of Sandal-Side Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • Charlotte, I have been coming to barf Latrigg's shearings for about half a century.

    The Squire of Sandal-Side Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • barf's married daughters had their portions long ago, but he left each of them three hundred pounds as a good-will token.

    The Squire of Sandal-Side Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • 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.

    The Squire of Sandal-Side Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
British Dictionary definitions for barf

barf

/bɑːf/
verb (transitive)
1.
to vomit
noun
2.
the act of vomiting
3.
the matter ejected in vomiting
Word Origin
C20: probably of imitative origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for barf
v.

"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for barf

barf

interjection

An exclamation of strong disgust: You want to know what I think of it? Barf! (1970s+)

verb

  1. To vomit (1950s+ chiefly students)
  2. To respond strangely or with an error warning after unacceptable input: This machine barfs when I ask for a simple sort

[Computer 1980s+; probably echoic]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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