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[ralf] /rælf/

verb (used without object), Slang.
to vomit.
[ralf or, esp. British, reyf, rahf, rahlf] /rælf or, esp. British, reɪf, rɑf, rɑlf/
a male given name: from Old Norse words meaning “counsel” and “wolf.”.

masc. proper name, shortened from Radulf, from Old Norse Raðulfr (Old English Rædwulf), literally “wolf-counsel,” from rað “counsel” (see read (n.)) + ulfr “wolf” (see wolf (n.)). The Century Dictionary also lists it as English printers’ slang for “An alleged or imagined evil spirit who does mischief in a printing house.”


(also Ralph or ralph up or rolf ) To vomit; barf: He ralphs up the downers and the quarts of beer

[1967+ Teenagers; probably echoic]


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