retch

[rech]
verb (used with object)
  1. to vomit.
noun
  1. 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
Can be confusedretch wretch
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British Dictionary definitions for retched

retch

verb
  1. (intr) to undergo an involuntary spasm of ineffectual vomiting; heave
  2. to vomit
noun
  1. an involuntary spasm of ineffectual vomiting

Word Origin for retch

Old English hrǣcan; related to Old Norse hrǣkja to spit
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Word Origin and History for retched

retch

v.

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.

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retched in Medicine

retch

[rĕch]
v.
  1. To try to vomit.
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