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barf

[bahrf] /bɑrf/
verb, noun, Slang.
1.
Origin
1955-1960
1955-60; expressive word of uncertain origin
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Examples from the web for barf
  • The burst of bright barf is enough to put would-be predators off their tea.
  • The concoctions referred to would make me barf endlessly, with only so much as a thought of consuming them.
  • No wonder they are susceptible to the barf they brainlessly regurgitate.
  • Traveling with a barf bag become a necessity as the twist and turns always made one or more of us car sick.
British Dictionary definitions for barf

barf

/bɑːf/
verb (transitive)
1.
to vomit
noun
2.
the act of vomiting
3.
the matter ejected in vomiting
Word Origin
C20: probably of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for barf
v.

"to vomit or retch,"1960, American English slang, probably imitative. Related: Barfed; barfing. As a noun, from 1966. Barf bag "air sickness pouch" attested from 1966.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for barf

barf

interjection

An exclamation of strong disgust: You want to know what I think of it? Barf! (1970s+)

verb
  1. To vomit (1950s+ chiefly students)
  2. To respond strangely or with an error warning after unacceptable input: This machine barfs when I ask for a simple sort

[Computer 1980s+; probably echoic]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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barf in Technology


/barf/ [mainstream slang for "vomit"] 1. Term of disgust. This is the closest hackish equivalent of the Val\-speak "gag me with a spoon". (Like, euwww!) See bletch.
2. To say "Barf!" or emit some similar expression of disgust. "I showed him my latest hack and he barfed" means only that he complained about it, not that he literally vomited.
3. To fail to work because of unacceptable input, perhaps with a suitable error message, perhaps not. Examples: "The division operation barfs if you try to divide by 0." (That is, the division operation checks for an attempt to divide by zero, and if one is encountered it causes the operation to fail in some unspecified, but generally obvious, manner.) "The text editor barfs if you try to read in a new file before writing out the old one".
See choke, gag.
In Commonwealth Hackish, "barf" is generally replaced by "puke" or "vom". barf is sometimes also used as a metasyntactic variable, like foo or bar.
(1996-02-26)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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Related Abbreviations for barf

BARF

best available retrofit facility
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