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puke

verb \ ˈpyük \
|Updated on: 10 Jul 2018

Definition of puke

puked; puking
informal : vomit

Examples of puke in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of puke

origin unknown

puke Synonyms

Related Words

disgorge, regurgitate;

eject, expel;

nauseate;

Phrases

lose one's lunch [slang], toss one's cookies;


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puke

noun

Definition of puke

plural pukes
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

First Known Use of puke

1705

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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PUKE Defined for Kids

puke

verb \ ˈpyük \

Definition of puke for Students

puked; puking
: 2vomit


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