Definition of puke in English:



  • Vomit.

    no object ‘wild with shame at puking up like a baby’
    with object ‘he puked up his pizza’
    • ‘And, oddly enough, I think the only reason I'm back up on the net tonight is because I woke up and coughed till I puked this morning.’
    • ‘The place is awash with affluent, professional classes, puking into the gutters and dangerously blocking the road.’
    • ‘When you work in a student bar, how can you not expect to have drunk people puking, fighting and putting gum in ashtrays?’
    • ‘A few people were crying, and one girl was very sick and puking, but most people tried to stay calm.’
    • ‘I remember being 17 and being caught by my father puking up in the loo after a particularly bacchanalian dinner party.’
    • ‘She looked at him in distaste, smelling the rotten stench of vomit, and sure enough, he'd puked on the floor.’
    • ‘It's like trying to make someone nauseous by showing them close-up shots of people puking their guts out.’
    • ‘I fled to the restroom and was nearly done in by a full-blown coughing attack - coughing so intense I nearly puked.’
    • ‘About one this morning, he started puking and didn't let up until early this afternoon.’
    • ‘I retched and retched and retched and drank water and puked it up and retched some more and drank more water and puked it up, all weekend, pretty much.’
    • ‘Then I was informed that a few of my friends are puking too.’
    • ‘I doubled over and puked, bringing back up what'd just gone down, heaving until my stomach was empty and I was curled up in a retching, trembling ball.’
    • ‘Being in the presence of an open can of beer will probably have me screaming, dancing and puking in rapid succession.’
    • ‘I see no difference between that and the rationale for gorging yourself, puking it up, and doing it all again.’
    • ‘I just remember feeling sick or actually puking up all the time.’
    • ‘I escaped him and went to the bathroom and vomited again and again until I felt that if I puked one more time, my body would disappear.’
    • ‘You can feel the heat of this conflagration over one hundred yards away and it burns all night to the sound of local teens puking up over the side of the fairground twister.’
    • ‘I was sick the night before the fight and puked up an hour or so before it, which I've never done before.’
    • ‘If you can get some bites down without puking, eat as much as you can.’
    • ‘It has the appealing scruffy buzz of a university town, but there is no university, and hence no students puking into traffic cones.’
    be sick, spew, spew up, fetch up
    vomit, throw up, retch
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mass nouninformal
  • Vomit.

    • ‘After scraping enough dough to get a tube in rush hour traffic, lugging bags up Brixton Hill, dodging people, cars, puke and rubbish to my flat, by the time I got into my room I was beat, but strangely energised.’
    • ‘He was lying in roughly the same position as we'd settled him down, but now his cheek was resting beside a slowly spreading puddle of puke.’
    • ‘During the course of it, the equation of red wine + vodka + nicotine = puke worked out for me with deadly accuracy and considerable amusement for for everyone else.’
    • ‘Some may argue the practicality factors - milk leakages, baby puke, blocked ducts, engorgement.’
    • ‘Oh, and there's the scene where the puppet spews a ridiculous amount of puke all over himself.’
    • ‘Sure enough, one projectile vomit later, some poor bastard had his arm and backpack dripping with puke.’
    • ‘I smelt of warm lager and lime, and puke, and spent most Saturday nights in casualty, holding a wad of tissues to some mate's bottled face.’
    • ‘You couldn't have it and you therefore had to steal it… you sad little puke.’
    • ‘Then the liberal boofheads get going with their moralising puke, and many people end up sympathising with the guilty star.’
    • ‘I try not to cry as I attempt to clean up the floor, my very pregnant belly pressing against the rug as I'm on my hands and knees scraping puke from the carpet.’
    • ‘If you want to work in a bar and get tips, cleaning up puke and dirty ashtrays just comes with the job.’
    • ‘A faint odor of vomit hung in the air, the acrid taste of puke in my mouth.’
    • ‘Do not ask your housemate who has friends visiting from out of town to help clean your puke out of the bathtub because you thought it would make you feel better after an unsuccessful night at the bar.’
    • ‘Spent all Friday night either puking, clearing up puke, or comforting hot, traumatised little ones, who are not so little anymore.’
    • ‘Things you don't want to hear at ViewBar, ‘Oh my god, my bag's been sitting in a puddle of puke for the last 20 minutes.’’
    • ‘They surfed to infamy on a gutterload of spittle and puke.’
    • ‘How often he has had to clean up puke from the back of his limo after escorting a squad of high school grads around on their big night?’
    • ‘Walking around the house, I discover kitty puke in several places.’
    • ‘Then I was sick in the night, no puke but sick to my stomach and again I screamed to the black walls.’
    • ‘Suffice to say waking up in your own puke loses it's appeal after the sixth or seventh time.’


Late 16th century: probably imitative; first recorded as a verb in: ‘At first the infant, mewling, and puking in the nurse's arms’, in Shakespeare's As you like it (ii. vii. 144).