1581, first mention is the derivative pukishness (“the tendency to be sick frequently”). In 1600, "to spit up, regurgitate", recorded in the Seven Ages of Man speech in Shakespeare's As You Like It. Perhaps ultimately from Proto-Germanic *pukaną (“to spit, puff”), from Proto-Indo-European *beu- (“to blow, swell”). If so, then cognate with German fauchen (“to hiss, spit”). Compare also Dutch spugen (“to spit, spit up”), German spucken (“to spit, puke, throw up”), Old English spīwan (“to vomit, spit”). More at spew.
- (uncountable) vomit.
- (countable) A drug that induces vomiting.
- (countable) A worthless, despicable person.
- (transitive and intransitive) To vomit; to throw up; to eject from the stomach.
puke (not comparable)
- A fine grade of woolen cloth
- A very dark, dull, brownish-red color.
- wollencloth: Word Detective
- The Universal Dictionary of English, 1896, 4 vols: "Of a dark colour, said to be between black and russet."
- Hawaiian Dictionary, by Pukui and Elbert