\ ˈbärf How to pronounce barf (audio) \
barfed; barfing; barfs

Definition of barf

intransitive verb

US, informal : vomit Acute mountain sickness is typified by a headache that feels as if Thor himself is hammering your brain and by a strong desire to barf.— Douglas Gantenbein In a pure Madonna moment, she sticks two fingers down her throat and pretends to barf.— Peter Travers

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Other Words from barf

barf noun, US, informal
"Lemme take you to the bar," he yells to a guest who bellies up and immediately skids in a puddle of barf. — Guy Trebay

Examples of barf in a Sentence

The movie was so disgusting that it made me want to barf. the movie's in-your-face violence made us want to barf

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Some people have tapped out and others are trying not to barf in their water bucket, but the serious eaters are often bouncing around, Thriller-in-Manila-style. Aj Willingham, CNN, "The best scarfing methods at the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest," 4 July 2019 For the rest of us, wiping kid barf off our clothes and taking the bus to work, the disparity between these influencers’ lifestyles and ours is overwhelming. Abby Langer, SELF, "I'm a Registered Dietitian and Here’s Why I Don’t Follow 'What I Eat in a Day' Social Media," 2 Oct. 2018 The movie version is a shrieking CGI carnival full of poop jokes and barfing pumpkins. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Films like The House With a Clock In Its Walls are poisonous to kids’ cinema," 23 Sep. 2018 Triathletes crap and barf all over themselves all the time and nobody waits. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, "The Unwritten Rules of Sportsmanship," 15 May 2018 Even in the land of normals, being this openly, barf-inducingly cute on Instagram isn’t really allowed. Rebecca Farley,, "The Weird & Wonderful Pairing Of Pete Davidson & Ariana Grande," 1 June 2018 Instead of erupting explosively and filling the sky with ash, Hawaiian volcanoes tend to simply barf up lava flows—which can generally be escaped at a brisk walking pace. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Here’s what’s going on with Hawaii’s erupting volcano," 11 May 2018 Karl Marx is barfing in the street, but Friedrich Engels—cool as a German pastry under his blonde haircut and expensive hat—is fine. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Karl Marx Has a Hangover," 2 Mar. 2018 The inventory caters to health-conscious, affluent millennials rushing to their next meeting and could leave the stoner-slacker crowd searching aimlessly for the machine that barfs out chili and cheese with the push of a button. Spencer Soper, Houston Chronicle, "Amazon Go, a cashierless convenience store, finally opens to the public," 21 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of barf

1956, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for barf

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