verb (used without object), verb (used with object), puked, puking. Slang.
to vomit.
any food or drink that is repulsive.
anything or anyone that is contemptible or worthless.

1590–1600; perhaps imitative

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puke (pjuːk)
1.  to vomit
2.  the act of vomiting
3.  the matter vomited
[C16: probably of imitative origin; compare German spucken to spit]

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Word Origin & History

1600, probably of imitative origin (cf. Ger. spucken "to spit," L. spuere); first recorded in the "Seven Ages of Man" speech in Shakespeare's "As You Like It." The noun meaning "material thrown up in vomiting" is from 1961.
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Slang Dictionary

puke definition

  1. in.
    to vomit. : I thought I would puke when I smelled it.
  2. n.
    vomit. : Tod put a big hunk of fake plastic puke on the teacher's desk.
  3. n.
    a totally disgusting and obnoxious person. (Rude and derogatory.) : What an ugly puke. Make him leave! Make him handsome!
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Example sentences
It's much harder to laugh off a nasty remark when you lack job security or the face by your name is puke-green or sickly purple.
Government-funded researchers are building a flashlight that makes people puke on command.
From barnacles that hijack crabs to a protozoan that makes rodents cozy up to cats, parasites do a lot more than make you puke.
She would arrive early and puke in the parking lot, then go to work.
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