verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
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.
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|DAILY BEAST
They watched me for a time as I grovelled and retched in sickness.Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House)|James S. De Benneville
He stahted fer de woods fer ter see who it wuz callin' 'im, but befo' he got dere Ben stepped out an' retched fer im.The Conjure Woman|Charles W. Chesnutt
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
So she lay, dry-eyed, her whole body clenched, retched with sobs that would not come up.To Him That Hath|Leroy Scott
I heard one come to him and say I howe dat man $10 an' he retched down in his pocket an' paid hit.Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States|Work Projects Administration
British Dictionary definitions for retched
Word Origin for retch
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.