barfed; barfing; barfs

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
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
Recent Examples on the Web Like poop in the living room, pee on the couch and barf on the rug. Julia Gomez, USA TODAY, 23 Mar. 2024 Screaming in hieroglyphs, tearing space open, barfing lava and pissing neon. Jonathan Rowe, SPIN, 23 Jan. 2024 That weight reduction should minimize buffeting (and barfing). IEEE Spectrum, 18 Dec. 2015 In February, when asked to describe how college admissions was going so far this year, one affluent white parent in Los Angeles sent me a text with three emoji faces: one was sad, one was blue-faced and shivering, and one looked ready to barf. Nicole Laporte, Town & Country, 30 Mar. 2022 Mike has to barf at the violent movie, and Jacob owns him for it. Emma Specter, Vogue, 30 July 2021 Your pulse speeds up, you get flushed, have a headache, feel weak and dizzy, then barf. Popular Science, 11 Mar. 2020

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Word History


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First Known Use

1956, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of barf was in 1956

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“Barf.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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