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