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Contemporary Examples

You know, for photos that just make him want to barf, like gay couples kissing.
Five OTHER Outrageous Pat Robertson Theories Caitlin Dickson August 27, 2013

Historical Examples

On being asked who he was, the occupant stood up and replied in a Cockney voice: “Sikey at the barf!”
500 of the Best Cockney War Stories Various

Phillips says that it is equivalent to ‘barf,’ and means ‘a detached hill.’
Climbing in The British Isles. Vol. 1 – England W. P. Haskett Smith

“I ain’t had a barf since Gravesend,” said Dickie, and flushed at the indiscretion.
Harding’s luck E. [Edith] Nesbit

Yes, yes; barf is as happy as a boy now, but I remember when he was back-set and fore-set with trouble.
The Squire of Sandal-Side Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

barf Latrigg was sixty then, turning a bit gray, but able to shear with any man they could put against him.
The Squire of Sandal-Side Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

barf had lost his sight when I got there; but he knew my voice, and he asked me to lay my face against his face.
The Squire of Sandal-Side Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

Charlotte, I have been coming to barf Latrigg’s shearings for about half a century.
The Squire of Sandal-Side Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

barf’s married daughters had their portions long ago, but he left each of them three hundred pounds as a good-will token.
The Squire of Sandal-Side Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

barf Latrigg is ageing fast now; he was my father’s crony; if I slighted him, I should feel as if father knew about it.
The Squire of Sandal-Side Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

verb (transitive)
to vomit
the act of vomiting
the matter ejected in vomiting

“to vomit or retch,”1960, American English slang, probably imitative. Related: Barfed; barfing. As a noun, from 1966. Barf bag “air sickness pouch” attested from 1966.


An exclamation of strong disgust: You want to know what I think of it? Barf! (1970s+)


To vomit (1950s+ chiefly students)
To respond strangely or with an error warning after unacceptable input: This machine barfs when I ask for a simple sort

[Computer 1980s+; probably echoic]

/barf/ [mainstream slang for “vomit”] 1. Term of disgust. This is the closest hackish equivalent of the Val\-speak “gag me with a spoon”. (Like, euwww!) See bletch.
2. To say “Barf!” or emit some similar expression of disgust. “I showed him my latest hack and he barfed” means only that he complained about it, not that he literally vomited.
3. To fail to work because of unacceptable input, perhaps with a suitable error message, perhaps not. Examples: “The division operation barfs if you try to divide by 0.” (That is, the division operation checks for an attempt to divide by zero, and if one is encountered it causes the operation to fail in some unspecified, but generally obvious, manner.) “The text editor barfs if you try to read in a new file before writing out the old one”.
See choke, gag.
In Commonwealth Hackish, “barf” is generally replaced by “puke” or “vom”. barf is sometimes also used as a metasyntactic variable, like foo or bar.
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  • Barf bag

    Slang. a disposable paper bag provided by airlines for each passenger in the event of air sickness and usually placed in the pocket behind every seat. barf bag n. A disposable plastic or paper bag provided to a passenger by an airline for use in case of airsickness. adjective Disgusting: his barf-bag vocal stylings noun […]

  • Barf city

    barf city adjective phrase Disgusting; loathsome; yucky (chiefly 1980s+ Students)

  • Barf-out

    barf-out noun A very displeasing person or thing: restaurant was a real barf-out

  • Barfaroni

    barfaroni noun Something or someone who makes one feel likevomiting: That pre-cooked turkey breastis barfaroni

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