dry heaves

plural noun

Definition of dry heaves

: repeated involuntary retching unaccompanied by vomit

Examples of dry heaves in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Albertina Bonetti, 77, from Trescore Balneario, near Bergamo, developed nausea and fever on March 7, followed by dry heaves and diarrhea. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, "Surviving Covid-19 May Not Feel Like Recovery for Some," 10 May 2020 The symptoms began immediately: First, dry heaves, and then intense neck and head pain, according to doctors at the Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, New York. Laignee Barron, Time, "A Competitive Eater Suffered a Rare 'Thunderclap' Headache Brought on by the World's Hottest Chili Pepper," 10 Apr. 2018 The 34-year-old man, who was not identified, experienced a series of intense headaches and dry heaving after eating a Carolina Reaper, reportedly the hottest pepper in the world, during the contest in New York. Mark Lieber, CNN, "Brain effects of 'hottest pepper in the world' put man in hospital," 9 Apr. 2018 Exhausted from labor and dry heaves, Kirsten begged for an epidural, and Liam finally emerged into Michael’s hands. Anndee Hochman, Philly.com, "The Parent Trip: Kirsten and Michael Sebright of Blue Bell," 3 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of dry heaves

1950, in the meaning defined above

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“Dry heaves.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dry%20heaves. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dry heaves

US : a condition in which someone is vomiting but nothing is coming up from the stomach

dry heaves

noun plural

Medical Definition of dry heaves

: repeated involuntary retching unaccompanied by vomit

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