retch [ retʃ ] verb intransitive
to behave and sound as if you are being sick (=bringing food and drink up from your stomach and out through your mouth), without in fact doing this:
The disgusting smell made me retch.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • Retch — (r[e^]ch or r[=e]ch; 277), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Retched} (r[e^]cht); p. pr. & vb. n. {Retching}.] [AS. hr[ae]can to clear the throat, hawk, fr. hraca throat; akin to G. rachen, and perhaps to E. rack neck.] To make an effort to vomit; to strain,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Retch — Retch, v. t. & i. [See {Reck}.] To care for; to heed; to reck. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • retch — [retʃ] v [I] [: Old English; Origin: hrAcan] to try to ↑vomit = ↑gag ▪ The smell made her retch …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • retch — (v.) 1540s, originally to clear the throat, to cough up phlegm, from O.E. hræcan to cough up, spit (related to hraca phlegm ), from P.Gmc. *khrækijanan (Cf. O.H.G. rahhison to clear one s throat ), of imitative origin (Cf. Lith. kregeti to grunt… …   Etymology dictionary

  • retch — ► VERB ▪ make the sound and movement of vomiting. ► NOUN ▪ an instance of retching. ORIGIN from a Germanic word meaning «spittle» …   English terms dictionary

  • retch — [rech] vi. [ME * rechen < OE hræcan, to clear the throat, hawk < hraca, clearing of the throat, spittle < IE echoic base * ker > RING1, RAVEN1] to undergo the straining action of vomiting, esp. without bringing anything up …   English World dictionary

  • retch — UK [retʃ] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms retch : present tense I/you/we/they retch he/she/it retches present participle retching past tense retched past participle retched to behave and sound as if you are being sick (= bringing food and… …   English dictionary

  • retch — verb Etymology: Middle English *rechen to spit, retch, from Old English hrǣcan to spit, hawk; akin to Old Norse hrækja to spit Date: circa 1798 transitive verb vomit 1 intransitive verb to make an effort to vomit; also vomit • retch noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • retch — To make an involuntary effort to vomit. [A.S. hraecan, to hawk] * * * retch rech, esp Brit rēch vi to make an effort to vomit vt VOMIT retch n * * * (rech) to try to …   Medical dictionary

  • retch — [[t]re̱tʃ[/t]] retches, retching, retched VERB If you retch, your stomach moves as if you are vomiting. The smell made me retch. Syn: heave …   English dictionary

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