verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of retch
Examples from the Web for retch
"Retch is on the other side of the corridor," Rozeno whispered.
Parker's fist went out, up, connected with Retch's jaw, a blow that had all the pilot's strength behind it.
From the door of the sinking helicopter Retch was staring at the raft.
Retch and Gotch went quickly from the room, like men who were very glad to go.
I did not send the Jezbro against the men on the ground, I sent it against the man on the ledge, against this Retch.
British Dictionary definitions for retch
Word Origin for retch
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.