Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To try to vomit.
  • transitive v. To vomit.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make an unsuccessful effort to vomit; to strain, as in vomiting.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • v. To care for; to heed; to reck.
  • intransitive v. To make an effort to vomit; to strain, as in vomiting.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To reach.
  • To make efforts to vomit.
  • Same as reck.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make an unsuccessful effort to vomit; strain to vomit
  • n. an involuntary spasm of ineffectual vomiting
  • v. eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth

Etymologies

Alteration of Middle English rechen, from Old English hrǣcan, to clear the throat, spit, bring up (phlegm).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English *recchen, *rechen, from Old English hrǣċan ("to clear the throat, hawk, spit"), from Proto-Germanic *hrēkijanan (“to clear one's throat”), from Proto-Indo-European *kreg- (“to caw, crow”). Cognate with Icelandic hrækja ("to hawk, spit"). (Wiktionary)

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