barf

[bahrf]
verb, noun Slang.

Origin:
1955–60; expressive word of uncertain origin

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barf (bɑːf)
 
vb
1.  to vomit
 
n
2.  the act of vomiting
3.  the matter ejected in vomiting
 
[C20: probably of imitative origin]

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barf
"to vomit or retch,"1960, Amer.Eng. slang, probably onomatopoeic. Barf bag "air sickness pouch" attested from 1966.
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barf definition


/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)

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Abbreviations & Acronyms
BARF
best available retrofit facility
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Example sentences
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.
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