One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Nauseous or inclined to vomit.‘I started feeling really barfy on the train into town’
sick, nauseated, queasy, bilious, sick to one's stomach, green, green about the gills, green at the gills, ill, unwell, badView synonyms
- ‘I don't think I can look a croissant in the face at the moment without feeling a little barfy.’
- ‘Every now and then I get a craving for fried chicken - then pig out and it leaves me with a barfy feeling.’
- ‘It's hard enough dealing with kids in the car, let alone barfy kids.’
- ‘Our new washing machine arrived yesterday, and just in time too, because Alex went barfy with winter vomiting again during the night on Tuesday.’
- ‘If you feel barfy, lemme know and I'll pull over.’
- ‘Just eat as well as you can through what for many can be a very difficult, barfy time.’
- 1.1 Causing a feeling of nausea or disgust; nauseating.‘barfy sweetheart music’
- ‘His 80s pop ballad is the epitome of barfy sweetheart music.’
- ‘The barfy cheese smell is something I'm sure I'll remember the rest of my life.’
- ‘They did all sorts of very public, totally barfy couple stuff together, like playing duets on the piano.’
- ‘Just because you think bananas are barfy doesn't mean everyone else thinks the same way.’
- ‘I don't wanna wear dresses: they're barfy.’
- ‘Most of us are all too familiar with the song compilations - barfy adult packages designed for the kind of people who don't really like music at all.’
- ‘The Peppermints specialize in a deliberately amateurish, almost quaintly anachronistic form of self-described "barfy" DIY punk.’
- ‘I saw David flinch in vicarious love/worry-pain every time Elizabeth, suffering from a sore throat, coughed; why, it was practically barfy.’
1950s: from barf + -y.
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