AskDefine | Define retch

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retch n : an involuntary spasm of ineffectual vomiting; "a bad case of the heaves" [syn: heave]


1 eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth; "After drinking too much, the students vomited"; "He purged continuously"; "The patient regurgitated the food we gave him last night" [syn: vomit, vomit up, purge, cast, sick, cat, be sick, disgorge, regorge, puke, barf, spew, spue, chuck, upchuck, honk, regurgitate, throw up] [ant: keep down]
2 make an unsuccessful effort to vomit; strain to vomit [syn: gag, heave]

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  1. To make an effort to vomit; to strain, as in vomiting.


To make an effort to vomit

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

barf, be nauseated, be seasick, be sick, bring up, choke on, chuck up, disgorge, egest, feed the fish, feel disgust, gag, heave, heave the gorge, keck, puke, regurgitate, reject, sick up, sicken at, spew, throw up, upchuck, vomit
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