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

  • transitive v. To vomit.
  • n. The act of vomiting.
  • n. Vomit.
  • n. One regarded as disgusting or contemptible.

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  • adj. A fine grade of woolen cloth
  • adj. A very dark, dull, brownish-red color.
  • n. vomit.
  • n. A drug that induces vomiting.
  • n. A worthless, despicable person.
  • v. To vomit; to throw up; to eject from the stomach.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of a color supposed to be between black and russet.
  • n. A medicine that causes vomiting; an emetic; a vomit.
  • intransitive v. To eject the contests of the stomach; to vomit; to spew.
  • transitive v. To eject from the stomach; to vomit up.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To vomit; eject the contents of the stomach.
  • To sicken; be overcome with loathing.
  • To vomit; throw up; eject from the stomach: generally with up.
  • To cause to puke or vomit.
  • Of a dark color, said to be reddish brown.
  • n. A dark color between russet and black; puce.
  • n. Vomit; a vomiting; that which is vomited.
  • n. An emetic.
  • n. A disgusting person.
  • n. [capitalized] An inhabitant of the State of Missouri.

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

  • n. a person who is deemed to be despicable or contemptible
  • n. the matter ejected in vomiting
  • v. eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth


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

Perhaps imitative.

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1581, first mention is the derivative pukishness ("the tendency to be sick frequently"). In 1600, "to spit up, regurgitate", recorded in the Seven Ages of Man speech in Shakespeare's As You Like It. Perhaps ultimately from Proto-Germanic *pukanan (“to spit, puff”), from Proto-Indo-European *beu- (“to blow, swell”). If so, then cognate with German fauchen ("to hiss, spit"). Compare also Dutch spugen ("to spit, spit up"), German spucken ("to spit, puke, throw up"), Old English spīwan ("to vomit, spit"). More at spew.

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