Pronunciation 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"). Noun


  1. (colloquial, uncountable) vomit.
    • 2007, The Guardian, The Guardian Science blog ↗, "The latest in the war on terror: the puke saber"
      the puke saber [...] pulses light over rapidly changing wavelengths, apparently inducing "disorientation, nausea and even vomiting"
  2. (colloquial, countable) A drug that induces vomiting.
  3. (colloquial, countable) A worthless, despicable person.
  4. (US, slang, derogatory, countable) A person from Missouri.
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  • Spanish: vomitivo
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puke (pukes, present participle puking; past and past participle puked)

  1. (colloquial, ambitransitive) To vomit; to throw up; to eject from the stomach.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, As You Like It, ii.7
      At first the infant, Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms
  2. (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)

  1. A fine grade of woolen cloth
    1599, William Shakespeare, 1 Henry IV, ii.4
    Puke-stocking caddis garter
  2. A very dark, dull, brownish-red color.

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