The word "vomit" is not a pleasant word. It’s used when describing sickness. A person who vomits throws up the contents of his or her stomach. It’s hard to look at because it’s so gross. There’s also a very bad odor that comes from vomit.

In this first set of examples, "vomit" is used as a verb:

simplepastpast participle
  • People who vomit just after eating may have an eating disorder.
  • A girl vomited in the hallway of the school, so the janitor was called to clean it up.
  • Nelson was vomiting all night. He’s really sick.
  • If you vomit up blood you should go see a doctor.
  • A few partygoers were seen vomiting after the party was over.
  • Some people feel the urge to vomit when they see vomit.

person about to get sick

Uh-oh. He’s going to vomit!

In the next set of examples, "vomit" is used as a noun:

  • A custodian was called to clean up some vomit.
  • The blood in Roger’s vomit indicated a serious health problem.
  • It’s fairly common to see vomit on the ground the day after a big sporting event.

There are other ways to talk about vomit without using this particular word.

  • Rhonda says she’s going to get sick.
  • If you have to throw up, try to make it to the bathroom.
  • John hurled once he left the party. (The word "hurl" is slang.)
  • My dog barfed all over the newspaper. (The word "barf" is a popular substitute for "vomit.")

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September 23, 2015