- to make efforts to vomit.
- to vomit.
- the act or an instance of retching.
Origin of retch
Examples from the Web for retching
The soft sounds of retching filtered back into the black stillness.Spirit Tripping With Colombian Shamans
August 24, 2014
Nurse: Yes she is quite stable at the night, she hasn't had any retching with me and she has been sleeping on and off.Hospital Gives Details of Kate Middleton to DJ Impersonating The Queen...Badly...
December 5, 2012
Retching, he had dirtied the glossy green scales of his chest.Equation of Doom
Her voice was almost unrecognizable, broken in retching agony.Triplanetary
Edward Elmer Smith
I leaned against the railing of stone, sick as a dog and retching.Valley of the Croen
The most common methods of finishing are retching and burnishing.The Building of a Book
He dropped Jason and fell to the floor, retching and gasping.Deathworld
- (intr) to undergo an involuntary spasm of ineffectual vomiting; heave
- to vomit
- an involuntary spasm of ineffectual vomiting
Word Origin and History for retching
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.
- To try to vomit.