\ ˈrech How to pronounce retch (audio) , especially British ˈrēch How to pronounce retch (audio) \
retched; retching; retches

Definition of retch

intransitive verb

: to make an effort to vomit also : vomit

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Other Words from retch

retch noun

Examples of retch in a Sentence

the smell of rotten cabbage makes me retch
Recent Examples on the Web The silverback smelled the smoke from our fire and began roaring and retching to intimidate us. Jerome Lewis, Scientific American, "How Sustainable Development Ravaged the Congo Basin," 26 Apr. 2020 There was one who’d set fire to her own locker, another who quietly cut her arms and legs, another who regularly ran herself to exhaustion around the track and then made retching sounds in the bathroom. Monica Hesse, Washington Post, "We need to talk about why mass shooters are almost always men," 5 Aug. 2019 On a stretcher outside his office, a skeletally thin old man retched loudly; the man’s daughter tried to push more fluids into him. Peter Schwartzstein, National Geographic, "This vanishing forest protects the coasts—and lives—of two countries," 17 June 2019 When Boca pulled into the Monumental Stadium, River’s home, the players were still coughing and retching on their way to the locker room. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "South America’s Soccer Final Postponed After Attack on Boca Juniors Team," 24 Nov. 2018 Within a minute, the man retched and twisted in his bed. Aubrey Whelan,, "West Philadelphia nervously watches as fentanyl kills the unsuspecting," 5 July 2018 Pumphrey visited teammate Darren Sproles in San Diego for cross-fit-style training sessions that left Pumphrey retching into garbage cans. Marcus Hayes,, "Duce Staley and Donnel Pumphrey make peace during Eagles offseason | Marcus Hayes," 23 May 2018 Back in October 2016, one man actually burned a hole in his esophagus after consuming (and subsequently retching) ghost peppers during an eating contest. Anthea Levi,, "Is It Dangerous to Eat Really Hot Peppers?," 6 Feb. 2018 Ramirez said, nearly retching at the memory of the finding. Christopher Muther,, "Massachusetts travelers are some of the grumpiest in the country," 13 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of retch

1538, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for retch

Middle English *rechen to spit, retch, from Old English hrǣcan to spit, hawk; akin to Old Norse hrækja to spit

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“Retch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of retch

: to vomit or feel as if you are about to vomit


\ ˈrech How to pronounce retch (audio) \
retched; retching

Kids Definition of retch

: to vomit or try to vomit
\ ˈrech, especially British ˈrēch \

Medical Definition of retch

: to make an effort to vomit

Other Words from retch

retch noun

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