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 hrǣcan 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