To barf is to vomit or throw up. The contents of a person’s stomach come up through the esophagus and out of a person’s mouth. This is something that almost everyone does, but it’s not pleasant to talk about. The word "barf" is used literally when a person really gets sick:
He’s about to barf.
The word "barf" is a strong word that is often used figuratively as a form of exaggeration:
Other words that are used in place of barf are puke, upchuck, and spew. However, these are not polite words. The polite way to speak about a person who barfs is to say that person got sick.
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January 2, 2019