Definitions

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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

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.
  • n. Vomit; a vomiting; that which is vomited.
  • n. An emetic.
  • n. A disgusting person.
  • n. [capitalized] An inhabitant of the State of Missouri.
  • Of a dark color, said to be reddish brown.
  • n. A dark color between russet and black; puce.

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

Etymologies

Perhaps imitative.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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. (Wiktionary)
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  • As You Like It, Act 2, Scene 7:
    "Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms."

    September 2, 2009

  • Infelicitous term used by moonshiners in the Blue Ridge to describe the boiling over of a still.

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  • 'He carried her into the Ladies' Lavatory intending to make her puke up the offending drug. She could not be made to vomit.'

    - Peter Reading, C, 1984

    August 2, 2008

  • A city in Albania.

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