retch

[ rech ]
/ rɛtʃ /

verb (used without object)

to make efforts to vomit.

verb (used with object)

to vomit.

noun

the act or an instance of retching.

Origin of retch

1540–50; variant of reach, Old English hrǣcan to clear the throat (not recorded in ME), derivative of hrāca a clearing of the throat; compare Old Norse hrǣkja to hawk, spit

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH retch

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British Dictionary definitions for retch

retch
/ (rɛtʃ, riːtʃ) /

verb

(intr) to undergo an involuntary spasm of ineffectual vomiting; heave
to vomit

noun

an involuntary spasm of ineffectual vomiting

Word Origin for retch

Old English hrǣcan; related to Old Norse hrǣkja to spit
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Medicine definitions for retch

retch
[ rĕch ]

v.

To try to vomit.
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