retch

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • reach (archaic, or, dialectal)

Etymology[edit]

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

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Verb[edit]

retch (third-person singular simple present retches, present participle retching, simple past and past participle retched)

  1. To make an unsuccessful effort to vomit; to strain, as in vomiting.
    • Byron
      Here he grew inarticulate with retching.

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Noun[edit]

retch (plural retches)

  1. an unsuccessful effort to vomit

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