verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of retch
Examples from the Web for retching
Nurse: Yes she is quite stable at the night, she hasn't had any retching with me and she has been sleeping on and off.Hospital Gives Details of Kate Middleton to DJ Impersonating The Queen...Badly...|Tom Sykes|December 5, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The most common methods of finishing are retching and burnishing.The Building of a Book|Various
I leaned against the railing of stone, sick as a dog and retching.Valley of the Croen|Lee Tarbell
He dropped Jason and fell to the floor, retching and gasping.Deathworld|Harry Harrison
I suffered intensely during this ride; every step of my horse seemed to increase it, and induced constant sickness and retching.
Fern had driven him home; deposited him, retching and wabbling, on the Bogart porch.Main Street|Sinclair Lewis
British Dictionary definitions for retching
Word Origin for retch
Word Origin and History for retching
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.