verb \ˈrech, especially British ˈrēch\

: to vomit or feel as if you are about to vomit

Full Definition of RETCH

transitive verb
:  vomit 1
intransitive verb
:  to make an effort to vomit; also :  vomit
retch noun

Examples of RETCH

  1. <the smell of rotten cabbage makes me retch>

Origin of RETCH

Middle English *rechen to spit, retch, from Old English hrǣcan to spit, hawk; akin to Old Norse hrækja to spit
First Known Use: circa 1798

Related to RETCH


intransitive verb \ˈrech, especially British ˈrēch\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of RETCH

: to make an effort to vomit
transitive verb
retch noun


Next Word in the Dictionary: retd
Previous Word in the Dictionary: retard of the tide
All Words Near: retch

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up retch? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More