1599, William Shakespeare, 1 Henry IV, ii.4
Origin of puke
- Perhaps imitative
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.