\ ˈpyük How to pronounce puke (audio) \
puked; puking; pukes

Definition of puke

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive + intransitive verb

informal : vomit entry 1 … the hideous smell, which … had made me hold my stomach and my breath sometimes, in an effort not to puke— Oliver Sacks 'You Washington know-it-alls make me puke,' Quimper said, retiring from the conversation.— James A. Michener Sadly for Sam, sailing is not his strong suit, prompting him to puke his guts out all over the place.— Josh Wigler often used with up Just puked up the cup of coffee I tried to down as my only form of nourishment.— Hugh Gallagher"Damn woman, first you puke up and then you catch an attitude."— Hariette Surovell


plural pukes

Definition of puke (Entry 2 of 2)

1 informal : vomit I remember there was always dog puke on the sidewalks in El Paso.— Jayne Anne Phillips The launch back was full of hung over sailors, and marines in even worse shape. It smelled of puke and piss from the night before.— David Poyer
2 slang : a disgusting, unlikeable, or contemptible person "… handles winning well, but when he gets in trouble, he behaves like a little puke."— Mark Woodforde

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Examples of puke in a Sentence


the drunken reveler staggered out the door and promptly puked in the bushes

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For the great return of The Hills, MTV welcomed former The O.C. star and that girl who puked in the Sixth Sense, Mischa Barton. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, ""The Hills" Reboot Is Getting Trolled for Trying to "Introduce" Mischa Barton," 18 June 2019 Bart O’Kavanaugh, who pukes in someone’s car—in a friend’s book about high school drunkenness and hookups probably makes that list. Wendy Naugle, Glamour, "On Boys Being Boys: In What World Can We Forgive a Few High School Indiscretions?," 19 Sep. 2018 The Puking Cross Country Skiers Cross-country skiers do a lot of falling over and puking when their races finish and, thankfully, Deadspin’s Bill Bradley did some research to help us understand why. The Si Staff, SI.com, "The Best, Worst and Weirdest Moments From Every Sport at the 2018 Olympic Games," 24 Feb. 2018 Maybe a fighter will suddenly puke right in the middle of the cage, or the ring announcer will botch his declaration of the winner not once but twice. Dan Gartland, SI.com, "The Fake Heart Attack Isn’t the Weirdest Part of This MMA Fight," 2 July 2018 Here’s a look at some of the more recent cases reported to the Journal Sentinel: Blacked out and puking by the seashore Richard Peterson and his wife, Marion, of Appleton, Wis., were vacationing on a cruise in February. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Terrifying stories from tourists in Mexico continue a year after mysterious drowning," 27 June 2018 Why dwell on the possibility of getting sick and puking all over the place? Lori D. Johnson, The Root, "The Inheritance," 3 June 2018 There’s no better time for a boozy popsicle than after a long day of dealing with teenagers puking on themselves, right? Shelbie Lynn Bostedt, RedEye Chicago, "Lollapalooza food and drink specials to get you through four days of festival," 2 Aug. 2017 Putrid not just in the final 12, but for much of the second half, the Cavs puked all over themselves in a 92-90 loss to the Indiana Pacers in Game 3 of this first-round playoff series. Joe Vardon, cleveland.com, "Cavaliers suffer grisly loss to Pacers in Game 3, 92-90," 21 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of puke


1601, in the meaning defined above


1705, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for puke


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English Language Learners Definition of puke

 (Entry 1 of 2)

informal : to empty what is in your stomach through your mouth



English Language Learners Definition of puke (Entry 2 of 2)

informal : the food, liquid, etc., that comes out of your body through your mouth when you vomit


\ ˈpyük How to pronounce puke (audio) \
puked; puking

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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