from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of retch.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An effort to vomit.
  • n. Hawking, or clearing of the throat.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • I agree, the version that Working linked to with the actual dialogue and retching is even more compelling viewing.

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  • Just as I was about to yawn, stretch, and admit that my finely tuned cerebral powers were on hiatus, I heard a kind of retching moan.


  • They believe that the Greek word lugx, which Thucydides uses in his description of symptoms and which had previously been translated as "retching" or "dry heaving," may have been the word for hiccup.

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  • On a first date, one woman landed in the hospital with an IV, retching from "psychosomatic" abdominal pain.

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  • I fell to my knees and gagged, retching three times before he jerked me to my feet.

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  • Jaymie heard the retching and came in to find me curled around the toilet leg.

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  • Reluctantly, and in fear of the retching odor, Dolores peered down the dim space cautiously.

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  • The rest of the Deltas smiled as they heard his retching.

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  • When the retching subsides his nostrils clog, and they whistle as he breaths through them.

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  • The sound of retching and the smell of alcohol laced vomit are overpowering, and he and Diana gingerly step around the growing puddle.

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