Definition of bolk in English:



[no object]British
dialect, archaic
  • 1Belch.

    • ‘And having but one piece of rhetoric remaining, she bolked it out.’
    • ‘Young devils bolking out a false philosophie.’
    • ‘And the other belloweth with his muzzle straight out before him, bolking and rattling in the throat.’
    • ‘If it come of cold humours, the ache is less with grief of head, with swelling and paleness of face with sour bolking and unsavouriness of the mouth.’
    bring up wind
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    1. 1.1 Vomit.
      • ‘What about those two farts from Colin Dow's uncle? Smelled like death. Half the stand was bolking.’
      • ‘I almost bolked in my mouth.’
      • ‘I have seen more scintillating things boaked up on the kitchen floor by my cat.’
      • ‘I nearly boaked when I heard that Scotland had invented the deep fried Mars bar.’
      • ‘They rushed out and bolked in the bidet.’
      • ‘My husband gutted a fish nearly 2 weeks ago and just threw in the bin. I was bolking putting it out this morning.’
      • ‘My Dad nearly bolked everywhere.’
      • ‘I just gave her some water and she bolked it back up.’
      • ‘I have boaked many times in my life, most notably in front of the church I used to attend.’
      • ‘Morag goes a funny colour and starts bolking.’
      • ‘He boaked three times en route to the guesthouse.’


dialect, archaic
  • 1A belch.

    • ‘He bigan benedicite with a bolk.’
    burp, gurk
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    1. 1.1 An attack of vomiting.
      • ‘The flashing lights from ShockWave sent her off for a boak behind the rides.’
      • ‘She has nothing left inside so its just a dry bolk.’
      • ‘I did feel better after a boak which I refuse to clean up.’


Middle English bolke; related to German bolken ‘roar, bawl’ and Dutch bulken ‘bellow’. Compare with belch and boke.