\ˈrech, especially British ˈrēch \
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

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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 Shashi sits beside her retching sister and strokes her back. Ellen Barry, New York Times, "Young Rural Women in India Chase Big-City Dreams," 24 Sep. 2016

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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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English Language Learners Definition of retch

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


\ˈrech \
retched; retching

Kids Definition of retch

: to vomit or try to vomit

\ˈrech, esp British ˈrēch\

Medical Definition of retch 

: to make an effort to vomit

Other Words from retch

retch noun

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a state of commotion or excitement

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