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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"to vomit," by 1960, American English slang, from up (adv.) + chuck (v.) "to throw."


n. (context informal English) vomit. vb. (context informal English) To vomit.


v. eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth; "After drinking too much, the students vomited"; "He purged continuously"; "The patient regurgitated the food we gave him last night" [syn: vomit, vomit up, purge, cast, sick, cat, be sick, disgorge, regorge, retch, puke, barf, spew, spue, chuck, honk, regurgitate, throw up] [ant: keep down]


Upchuck may refer to:

  • The act of vomiting
  • An alien form in the animated series Ben 10
  • The nickname for the character Charles Ruttheimer from the animated series Daria

Usage examples of "upchuck".

For Chrissake can somebody get this black kid a paper bag, she's upchucking all over my new boots.

The cooking smells seized him, garlic and fried onions, roasting meat over wood coals, good coffee brewing and the maddeningly delicious scent of baking bread, making him swallow involuntarily as his body remembered that it had been a very long day on one granola bar and that he'd upchucked yesterday's dinner.

She had fully understood the need to compensate for the root-beer indulgence with a dry-toast breakfast, but she hadn't gone to the vending machines with any expectation whatsoever that by doing so she would put herself at risk of choking to death on her own upchuck.