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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

Example Sentences

Verb the drunken reveler staggered out the door and promptly puked in the bushes
Recent Examples on the Web
But Calm Island would be an immersive, synesthetic experience designed to evoke nostalgia and imagination—not your typical amusement park, with its sweat and crush and puke and scream. Annie Lowrey, The Atlantic, 4 June 2021 And show me an athlete, even in high school, who didn’t puke during an especially tough workout. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 18 May 2021 Wallace’s essay has been regularly quoted over the past 15 years -- so regularly that its mention here surely will make some Nadal and Djokovic fans want to puke. oregonlive, 2 Mar. 2021 But instead of ejecting evil spirits from their body, the creatures puke their guts out as a defense mechanism. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Oct. 2020 For more about staying fit in orbit and some pro tips for puking in microgravity, check out the video above. Wired, 15 Oct. 2019 In the Jimmy Olsen preview story from DC’s Superman: Leviathan Rising one-shot earlier this year, Jimmy got his clothes ripped up by an alien cat, who then puked blood in his face. Christian Holub, EW.com, 21 Aug. 2019 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, 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, 19 Sep. 2018 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Puke.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puke. Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


puked; puking
puke noun

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