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retch

[ rech ]
/ rɛtʃ /
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verb (used without object)
to make efforts to vomit.
verb (used with object)
to vomit.
noun
the act or an instance of retching.
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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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH retch

retch , wretch
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British Dictionary definitions for retch

retch
/ (rɛtʃ, riːtʃ) /

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

Word Origin for retch

Old English hrǣcan; related to Old Norse hrǣkja to spit
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Medical definitions for retch

retch
[ rĕch ]

v.
To try to vomit.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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