Which word can I use to describe the sound somebody makes while vomiting? Is burp the right word for it?
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I would say that the sound made by vomiting is retching. I've also seen retching noises or the sound of retching used in print to specify the sound instead of the action.
Mirriam-Webster online give this definition:
You may use kecking.
The etymology of this verb is as follows:
Here are some 147 terms for ‘to vomit’. Interestingly, it says 57 of these, i.e. approximately 38%, come from or are primarily used in Australia.
Here are dozens more, but focussing on the sound itself, I think the most onomatopoeic one is...
Another high-scorer on the "onomatopoeic scale" is hurling [over the toilet bowl].
Blech or blarg(h), with extra Hs for extra effect.
Some Google Image Search results for blargh:
Puke, barf and ralph are used in certain regions. They all mean "vomit" (the verb, not the sound) but are so onomatopoeic that to my mind they apply to the sound as well.
protected by Mitch Aug 19 '14 at 0:11
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