- to make efforts to vomit.
- to vomit.
- the act or an instance of retching.
Origin of retch
Examples from the Web for retch
But a spasm of disgust at the uncleanness of the task to be done made me retch and pause.John Splendid
He retch he han' in, he did, en git some en put it in he mouf.Nights With Uncle Remus
Joel Chandler Harris
So I retch me a fine bunch of hick'ries I done prepared for dat 'casion.The Wit of Women
Cramps assailed him and he clamped his jaws against the desire to retch.A Witch Shall Be Born
Robert E. Howard
The woman, Mercedes Valdar, seemed to catch some of Retch's excitement.Sinister Paradise
Robert Moore Williams
- (intr) to undergo an involuntary spasm of ineffectual vomiting; heave
- to vomit
- an involuntary spasm of ineffectual vomiting
Word Origin and History for retch
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.