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to make efforts to vomit
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wretch – an unfortunate or unhappy person
v. retched, retch·ing, retch·es
To try to vomit.
[Alteration of Middle English rechen, from Old English hrǣcan, to clear the throat, spit, bring up (phlegm).]
1. (Physiology) (intr) to undergo an involuntary spasm of ineffectual vomiting; heave
2. (Physiology) to vomit
(Physiology) an involuntary spasm of ineffectual vomiting
[Old English hrǣcan; related to Old Norse hrǣkja to spit]
to make efforts to vomit.
[1540–50; variant of reach, Old English hrǣcan to clear the throat (not recorded in Middle English), derivative of hrāca a clearing of the throat; compare Old Norse hrǣkja to hawk, spit]
retch, wretch - Retch is the verb to vomit or gag; wretch is a noun for a pitiable person.
See also related terms for vomit.
Past participle: retched
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|Noun||1.||retch - an involuntary spasm of ineffectual vomiting; "a bad case of the heaves"|
spasm - (pathology) sudden constriction of a hollow organ (as a blood vessel)
|Verb||1.||retch - eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth; "After drinking too much, the students vomited"; "He purged continuously"; "The patient regurgitated the food we gave him last night"|
barf, be sick, puke, regorge, sick, throw up, upchuck, vomit, vomit up, disgorge, cat, spue, spew, regurgitate, chuck, honk, purge, cast
|2.||retch - make an unsuccessful effort to vomit; strain to vomit|
retch[ˈrɛtʃ] vi → avoir des haut-le-cœur
n. arcada, basca, contracciones abdominales espasmódicas que preceden al vómito.