Definition of Retch

1. Noun. An involuntary spasm of ineffectual vomiting. "A bad case of the heaves"

Exact synonyms: Heave
Generic synonyms: Spasm
Derivative terms: Heave



2. Verb. Eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth. "The patient regurgitated the food we gave him last night"

3. Verb. Make an unsuccessful effort to vomit; strain to vomit.
Exact synonyms: Gag, Heave
Derivative terms: Heave

Definition of Retch

1. v. i. To make an effort to vomit; to strain, as in vomiting.

2. v. t. & i. To care for; to heed; to reck.

Definition of Retch

1. Verb. To make an unsuccessful effort to vomit; to strain, as in vomiting. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Retch

1. to make an effort to vomit [v -ED, -ING, -ES]

Medical Definition of Retch

1. To make an involuntary effort to vomit. Origin: A.S. Hraecan, to hawk (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Retch

retarget
retargetable
retargeted
retargeting
retargets
retarted
retaste
retasted
retastes
retasting
retaught
retax
retaxed
retaxes
retaxing
retch (current term)
retched
retches
retching
retchless
retcon
retconned
retconning
retcons
rete
rete Malpighii
rete acromiale
rete arteriosum
rete articulare cubiti
rete articulare genus

Literary usage of Retch

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Dictionary of Obsolete and Provincial English: Containing Words from the by Thomas Wright (1904)
"To offer; to sl retch forth. TENDER, (1) ». The person who attends the fire in л malt-kiln. Den. (2) ». A waiter at a public table. (3) adj. ..."

2. A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant: Embracing English, American, and Anglo by Albert Barrère, Charles Godfrey Leland (1889)
"... Lamb used the word for pieces of mutton fat that make one retch or choke. Gait (American thieves), manner of making a living, profession, calling. ..."

3. Shakespeare's Ovid: Being Arthur Golding's Translation of the Metamorphoses by Ovid, Arthur Golding, William Henry Denham Rouse (1904)
"... dolles did retch) To pitie move you. What is he so hard that would not yeeld To this the gentle Goddesses ..."

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