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Feeling sick and vomiting

airsick

adjective

feeling ill as a result of the movement of a plane

barf

verb

to vomit

bilious

adjective

feeling as though you are going to vomit food from your stomach

bloated

adjective

having an uncomfortable feeling in your stomach after eating or drinking too much

bring up

to make food or drink come back up from your stomach through your mouth

carsick

adjective

feeling ill from travelling in a car

chuck up

to vomit food from your stomach out of your mouth

chunder

verb

to vomit food from your stomach out of your mouth

cloy

verb

to make you feel sick or annoyed by being too sweet or too pleasant

come up

if food that you have eaten comes up, your stomach forces it out through your mouth

disgorge

verb

to vomit food from your stomach out of your mouth

disgust

noun

the feeling that you are going to be physically ill when you see, smell, or taste something very unpleasant

gag

verb

to be unable to swallow because you feel as if you are going to vomit (=bring food back up from your stomach)

gorge

noun

if someone’s gorge rises, they feel sick or angry

heave

verb

to vomit

hurl

verb

to vomit

keep down

to succeed in keeping food in your stomach although you feel as if you want to vomit

morning sickness

noun

a feeling of wanting to vomit that affects some women when they are pregnant

motion sickness

noun

travel sickness

nausea

noun

the feeling that you are going to vomit

nauseate

verb

to make someone feel as if they are going to vomit. The more usual phrase for this is to make someone feel sick

nauseating

adjective

making you feel as if you are going to vomit

nauseous

adjective

feeling as if you want to vomit

nauseous

adjective

making someone feel as if they want to vomit

puke

verb

if you puke, food comes up from your stomach and out through your mouth, usually because you are ill

queasy

adjective

feeling that you are going to vomit (=get rid of food from your stomach through your mouth)

regurgitate

verb

to bring food up from your stomach back into your mouth

retch

verb

to behave and sound as if you are being sick (=bringing food and drink up from your stomach and out through your mouth), without in fact doing this

seasick

adjective

feeling ill from the movement of the boat that you are travelling on

sick

adjective

if you are sick, food you have eaten suddenly comes out of your stomach through your mouth

sick

noun

vomit

sick up

if you sick up food that you have eaten, it comes out of your stomach through your mouth

sicken

verb

to make someone feel sick

sickness

noun

a feeling that you are going to bring up food from your stomach

spew

verb

to vomit

spit up

if a baby or animal spits up, or if it spits something up, it brings a small amount of food back up from its stomach and out of its mouth

stomach

verb

if you cannot stomach food, you cannot eat it because it makes you feel ill

throw up

if you throw up or throw something up, food and drink comes back up from your stomach and out of your mouth

travel sickness

noun

an unpleasant feeling in your stomach that you get when you are travelling. The American word is motion sickness.

turn

verb

if your stomach turns, or if something turns your stomach, you feel as if food in your stomach is going to come out through your mouth

upset

adjective

if your stomach is upset, you have an illness that is affecting your stomach, usually caused by something that you have eaten or drunk

vomit

verb

if you vomit, food comes up from your stomach and out through your mouth because you are ill. The usual British expression is be sick.

vomit

noun

food or other substances that come up from your stomach and out through your mouth when you vomit

airsickness

noun

biliousness

noun

carsickness

noun

cloying

adjective

nauseatingly

adverb

puke

noun

regurgitation

noun

feel sick

to feel that food that you have eaten is going to come out of your stomach through your mouth

have a strong stomach

to be able to do or eat unpleasant things without feeling ill

sick to your stomach

feeling that food that you have eaten is going to come out of your stomach through your mouth

turn someone’s stomach

to make someone feel ill

upset someone’s stomach

to cause an illness that affects someone’s stomach

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