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puked; puking; pukes

transitive + intransitive

informal : vomit entry 1
… the hideous smell, which … had made me hold my stomach and my breath sometimes, in an effort not to pukeOliver 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


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plural pukes
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
slang : a disgusting, unlikeable, or contemptible person
"… handles winning well, but when he gets in trouble, he behaves like a little puke."Mark Woodforde

Examples of puke in a Sentence

Verb the drunken reveler staggered out the door and promptly puked in the bushes
Recent Examples on the Web
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More than an hour after Sunday’s game, fans were still squatting on random curbs and corners, trying to get home, picking their way through the puke in the tailgating lot, jostling with hundreds of others using ride-hailing services in a chaotic parking lot. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, 4 Dec. 2023 Woodall reciprocates with his own sweet snaps of Campbell on his Instagram account, including an October 2019 Halloween pic of the couple holding a jack-o-lantern with pumpkin seeds as pretend puke. Angel Saunders, Peoplemag, 15 Aug. 2023 Behind-the-scenes footage shows the special effects team testing out different kinds of vomit apparatuses to see just where the puke would land. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 7 Aug. 2023 The contestants were welcomed to the game, said their pleasantries, and Yam Yam offered to hold anyone's puke should there be a reason to do that. Dalton Ross, EW.com, 2 Mar. 2023 Fontanilla said inducing vomiting and testing the puke is the only way to know what poison a dog has ingested, a procedure her facility has performed. Anita Chabria, Los Angeles Times, 21 Aug. 2022 Wait for the puke. Andy Kessler, WSJ, 15 May 2022 The smell of puke lingered for the rest of the day and didn't end their friendship. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 7 Sep. 2022 The more conservative voter may turn it off halfway through during one of the finest orchestrated puke and poop scenes in years. Clayton Davis, Variety, 23 May 2022

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Word History



origin unknown

First Known Use


1601, in the meaning defined above


1705, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of puke was in 1601

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“Puke.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puke. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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puked; puking
puke noun

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