to undergo the straining action of vomiting, esp. without bringing anything up
Origin of retchMiddle English an unverified form rechen ; from Old English hræcan, to clear the throat, hawk ; from hraca, clearing of the throat, spittle ; from Indo-European echoic base an unverified form ker- from source ring, raven
verbretched, retch·ing, retch·es
To try to vomit.
Origin of retchAlteration of Middle English rechen, from Old English hr&aemac;can, to clear the throat, spit, bring up (phlegm).
(third-person singular simple present retches, present participle retching, simple past and past participle retched)
- an unsuccessful effort to vomit