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RETCH

 Dictionary entry overview: What does retch mean? 

RETCH (noun)
  The noun RETCH has 1 sense:

1. an involuntary spasm of ineffectual vomiting

  Familiarity information: RETCH used as a noun is very rare.


RETCH (verb)
  The verb RETCH has 2 senses:

1. eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth
2. make an unsuccessful effort to vomit; strain to vomit

  Familiarity information: RETCH used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


RETCH (noun)


Sense 1retch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An involuntary spasm of ineffectual vomiting

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

retch; heave

Context example:

a bad case of the heaves

Hypernyms ("retch" is a kind of...):

spasm ((pathology) sudden constriction of a hollow organ (as a blood vessel))


RETCH (verb)


Sense 1retch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Synonyms:

sick; retch; regorge; throw up; puke; upchuck; vomit; vomit up; be sick; barf; disgorge; cat; spue; spew; regurgitate; honk; chuck; purge; cast

Context examples:

After drinking too much, the students vomited / He purged continuously / The patient regurgitated the food we gave him last night

Hypernyms (to "retch" is one way to...):

egest; eliminate; excrete; pass (eliminate from the body)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something


Sense 2retch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make an unsuccessful effort to vomit; strain to vomit

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Synonyms:

retch; gag; heave

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


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