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puke

[pyook] /pyuk/
verb (used without object), verb (used with object), puked, puking. Slang.
1.
to vomit.
noun
2.
3.
  1. any food or drink that is repulsive.
  2. anything or anyone that is contemptible or worthless.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; perhaps imitative
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British Dictionary definitions for pukes

puke

/pjuːk/
verb
1.
to vomit
noun
2.
the act of vomiting
3.
the matter vomited
Word Origin
C16: probably of imitative origin; compare German spucken to spit
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Word Origin and History for pukes

puke

v.

1600, probably of imitative origin (cf. German spucken "to spit," Latin spuere); first recorded in the "Seven Ages of Man" speech in Shakespeare's "As You Like It." Related: Puked; puking.

n.

1737, "a medicine which excites vomiting;" 1966 as "material thrown up in vomiting," from puke (v.). U.S. colloquial meaning "native of Missouri" (1835) might be a different word, of unknown origin.

It is well known, that the inhabitants of the several western States are called by certain nicknames. Those of Michigan are called wolverines; of Indiana, hooshers; of Illinois, suckers; of Ohio, buckeyes; of Kentucky, corn-crackers; of Missouri pukes, &c. To call a person by his right nickname, is always taken in good part, and gives no offence; but nothing is more offensive than to mis-nickname--that is, were you to call a hoosher a wolverine, his blood would be up in a moment, and he would immediately show fight. [A.A. Parker, "Trip to the West and Texas," Concord, N.H., 1835]
Bartlett (1859) has "A nickname for a native of Missouri" as the second sense of puke (n.), the first being "A mean, contemptible fellow." The association of the state nickname with the "vomit" word is at least from 1858, and folk etymology talks of the old state literally vomiting forth immigrants to California.

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Slang definitions & phrases for pukes

puke

noun
  1. Vomit; spew
  2. Something so disgusting that it might be vomit and the cause of vomit: Who wrote this puke? (1961+)
verb

To vomit (1600+)


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