Retch meaning

rĕch
To vomit.
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To try to vomit.
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To vomit.
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To make an unsuccessful effort to vomit; to strain, as in vomiting.
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An unsuccessful effort to vomit.
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To undergo the straining action of vomiting, esp. without bringing anything up.
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Origin of retch

  • Alteration of Middle English rechen from Old English hrǣcan to clear the throat, spit, bring up (phlegm)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English *recchen, *rechen, from Old English hrǣċan (“to clear the throat, hawk, spit"), from Proto-Germanic *hrÄ“kijanÄ… (“to clear one's throat"), from Proto-Indo-European *kreg- (“to caw, crow"). Cognate with Icelandic hrækja (“to hawk, spit").

    From Wiktionary