- to make efforts to vomit.
- to vomit.
- the act or an instance of retching.
Origin of retch
Examples from the Web for retched
We moved him to my room; I sat with him as he retched and groaned in pain.Hysteria Strikes Mumbai School Kids
March 29, 2013
It was so horrible that a guard in the video, holding Danny down, retched and was thrown out of the room.Perry Has a Point About the Marines Video vs. the Daniel Pearl Video
Asra Q. Nomani
January 19, 2012
I dropped flat on my belly and retched a hand under the cliff.Blue Ridge Country
He retched and spat; and then his hands fumbled in the grass and got hold of a stone.Pelle the Conqueror, Complete
Martin Anderson Nexo
They watched me for a time as I grovelled and retched in sickness.Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House)
James S. De Benneville
Dalgard retched before he could control throat and stomach muscles.Star Born
He retched down an' got a han'ful o' goobers an' put 'em in his pocket.Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves
Work Projects Administration
- (intr) to undergo an involuntary spasm of ineffectual vomiting; heave
- to vomit
- an involuntary spasm of ineffectual vomiting
Word Origin and History for retched
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.