Slang Words for Vomit (and How to Use Them)

Sometimes, the human body can do things that are, well, unsavory. Vomiting is certainly one of them. We’ve all been sick at least once in our lives, so this is an unpleasant experience we’ve all been through.

Fortunately, we can look on such unpleasant experiences with a sense of humor. To help you smile and laugh about it, we’ve gathered a few slang words for vomit. We’ll explain how to use them below.


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Slang Words for Vomit (in Alphabetical Order)

B

Barf

Meaning:

  • (Verb): An extremely common US slang term for vomiting. It’s most often used by kids, but adults frequently say it, too.
  • Example: “Stand back – Tom’s going to barf.”

Blow Chunks

Meaning:

  • (Expression): Another common slang phrase in the US that graphically describes the act of vomiting.
  • Example: “Jane blew chunks after drinking too much.”

Blow Groceries

Meaning:

  • (Expression): A variation on the phrase “blow chunks.”

Boot

Meaning:

  • (Verb): To vomit. Comes from the phrase, “to boot something out,” which means to toss something out.

C

Chunder

Meaning:

  • (Verb): Australian slang for vomiting.
  • Example: “I feel awful. I think I’m going to chunder.”

D

Drive the Porcelain Bus

Meaning:

  • (Expression): Creative phrase that refers to someone puking into a toilet while kneeling in front of it.

H

Heave

Meaning:

  • (Verb): The act of vomiting.

Hug the Throne

Meaning:

  • (Expression): Like driving the porcelain bus, this phrase references someone kneeling in front of a toilet and vomiting into it.

Hurl

Meaning:

  • (Verb): Common slang term for vomiting. Like barf, it’s particularly common with younger children.

L

Liquid Laugh

Meaning:

  • (Verb): Particularly graphic way of describing vomiting.
  • Example: “I’m going to liquid laugh if I don’t stop drinking.”

Lose One’s Lunch

Meaning:

  • (Expression): Politer way of referencing the act of vomiting. You don’t necessarily have to say lunch – you can use any meal.

P

Puke

Meaning:

  • (Verb): Extremely common US slang that means to vomit. Used by adults and children alike.

R

Ralph

Meaning:

  • (Verb): Another slang word that describes the act of vomiting. Can be used like barf or puke.

Retch

Meaning:

  • (Verb): The act of vomiting or gagging.
  • Example: “He retched when he tasted my cooking.”

S

See Your Lunch Again

Meaning:

  • (Expression): Another slightly gentler way of saying you’re going to vomit.
  • Example: “If I keep drinking, I might see my lunch again.”

Shomit

Meaning:

  • (Verb): Combination of the words “s***” and “vomit.” It means you’re defecating and vomiting at the same time.
  • Example: “I shomited all night last night, I was so sick.”

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Sick

Meaning:

  • (Adjective): The state of being so ill, you feel as if you’re going to vomit.
  • Example: “I’m going to be sick!”
  • (Noun): A puddle of vomit.
  • Example: “Watch out – there’s some sick on the floor here.”

Spew

Meaning:

  • (Verb): To puke.

Spit Up

Meaning:

  • (Expression): The act of vomiting. The phrase is typically applied to babies.
  • Example: “My baby spit up – can you hand me a wet wipe to clean it up?”

T

Technicolor Yawn

Meaning:

  • (Verb): Vomiting. You can use this phrase similar to how you’d say, “liquid laugh.”

Throw Up

Meaning:

  • (Verb): Extremely common terminology for vomiting. Treat it like puke or barf.

Toss a Sidewalk Pizza

Meaning:

  • (Expression): A more colorful phrase that describes the act of puking.

Toss My Cookies

Meaning:

  • (Expression): Slightly more polite way of saying you’re going to puke.

U

Uneat

Meaning:

  • (Verb): Graphic description that describes reverse eating – in other words, vomiting.

Up Chuck

Meaning:

  • (Verb): Vomiting.
  • Example: “I’m going to up chuck any second now…”
  • (Noun): A puddle or pile of ejecta.
  • Example: “Watch your step – there’s up chuck on the floor.”

Urp

Meaning:

  • (Verb): Word for vomiting that calls to mind the sound of a burp.

V

Vom

Meaning:

  • (Verb): Abbreviation of the word “vomit.”

W

Worship the Porcelain God

Meaning:

  • (Expression): Humorous phrase that describes someone vomiting into a toilet on their knees.

Y

Yak

Meaning:

  • (Verb): Somewhat common term for puking.

York

Meaning:

  • (Verb): Lesser-known word that means “to puke.”

Wrap Up

Being sick is anything but fun. For the most part, no one likes vomiting…but as a consolation, at least there are amusing ways to describe the act as a way of cheering you up.

If you have the misfortune of being ill again anytime soon, feel free to try out these words and phrases to describe your experiences. Hopefully, they helped bring a smile to your face!

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