Origin of pukeakin uncertain or unknown; perhaps to German spucken, to spit, ultimately of echoic origin, originally
intr. & tr.v.puked, puk·ing, pukes
- The act of vomiting.
- One regarded as disgusting or contemptible.
Origin of pukePerhaps imitative.
(countable and uncountable, plural pukes)
(third-person singular simple present pukes, present participle puking, simple past and past participle puked)
1581, first mention is the derivative pukishness (“the tendency to be sick frequently"). In 1600, "to spit up, regurgitate", recorded in the Seven Ages of Man speech in Shakespeare's As You Like It. Perhaps ultimately from Proto-Germanic *pukanÄ… (“to spit, puff"), from Proto-Indo-European *beu- (“to blow, swell"). If so, then cognate with German fauchen (“to hiss, spit"). Compare also Dutch spugen (“to spit, spit up"), German spucken (“to spit, puke, throw up"), Old English spÄ«wan (“to vomit, spit"). More at spew.
- A fine grade of woolen cloth
- 1599, William Shakespeare, 1 Henry IV, ii.4
- A very dark, dull, brownish-red color.