pukey

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Etymology[edit]

puke +‎ -y

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pukey (comparative pukier, superlative pukiest)

  1. (informal) Resembling vomit in colour, texture, etc.
    • 2007, Lauren Mechling, Laura Moser, Foreign Exposure: The Social Climber Abroad:
      The walls in this abandoned waiting area were painted a pukey orange, compounding the feeling of queasiness I'd had since breakfast.
  2. (informal) Inclined to vomit; sick.
    • 1990, Stephen King, The Moving Finger
      His heart was thumping harder than ever, and it was impossible to tell if the sickish, pukey feeling deep down in his belly was relief or terror.
    • 2005, Rebecca Eckler, Knocked Up: Confessions of a Hip Mother-to-be:
      There's no way he'd allow a dog on his couch or on his 500-thread-count sheets, let alone a pukey baby.
  3. (informal) Vile; contemptible.
    • 2003, Guy Davenport, The Death of Picasso:
      He called Mikkel a pukey little faggot. I'll kick him again when I can get at him.
    • 2007, Paul Auster, Travels in the Scriptorium:
      [] it's nothing more than a pukey little garrison town in the middle of nowhere.

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