Onomatopoeia or imitative. For “cough up” sense, compare hawk/hock (16th century), which are almost homophonous in non-rhotic accents. For “throw” sense, compare huck. The “foul up” sense is presumably influenced by bork (late 1990s), from broken.
- Rhymes: -ɔː(ɹ)k
- (computing, slang) To foul up; to be occupied with difficulty, tangle, or unpleasantness; to be broken.
- I downloaded the program, but something is horked and it won't load.
- (slang, regional) To steal, especially petty theft or misnomer in jest.
- Can I hork that code from you for my project?
- (slang) To vomit, cough up.
- (slang) To throw.
- Let's go hork pickles at people from the back row of the movie theatre.
- (slang) To eat hastily or greedily; to gobble.
- I don't know what got into her, but she horked all those hoagies last night!
- (slang, transitive) To move.
- Go hork the kegs from out back.
Senses “eat quickly” and “vomit” can be ambiguous, particularly when applied to food – this is a contranym.