- 1Make the sound and movement of vomiting: the sour taste in her mouth made her retchMore example sentences
- Gabriel was very much awake, leaning over one side of the cot, coughing and retching as phlegm emitted from his mouth and fell to the floor.
- She had seen him sweat and shake and retch in the grip of his craving.
- Just a dry retch was all I could manage.
- 1.1 [with object] Vomit: he retched up a thin stream of vomitMore example sentences
vomit, cough up, bring something up, regurgitate; British be sick; North American get sickScottish • informal boke
- For one moment, you forget whether you have come to empty your bladder or retch up the morning's breakfast.
- I have seen protruding bellies, working so hard to get nutrients out of food that only rests for a few minutes before being retched up again.
- William was pleased that he had not been sick, although a few of the prisoners had spent most of the journey with their head over the side retching their empty stomachs out.
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- A movement or sound of vomiting: with a sudden retch he vomited all over the floorMore example sentences
- Rayne finished retching up the small amount of food quickly, but continued dry, racking retches for several seconds.
- I get up blindly and leave, and outside spit egg-and-bread into my hands, dry retches of nothing clogging my throat like the tears which keep coming.
- After the last retch, Stine forcefully bit down on his lip, as if to keep from vomiting again.
mid 19th century: variant of dialect reach, from a Germanic base meaning 'spittle'.