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 *bew- (“to blow, swell”). If so, then cognate with German pfauchen, 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.
- (colloquial, uncountable) vomit.
- (colloquial, countable) A drug that induces vomiting. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
- (colloquial, countable) A worthless, despicable person.
- (colloquial, transitive, intransitive) To vomit; to throw up; to eject from the stomach.
- (intransitive, finance, slang) To sell securities or investments at a loss, often under duress or pressure, in order to satisfy liquidity or margin requirements, or out of a desire to exit a deteriorating market.
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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
- (geography) hill