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English Dictionary: barf by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
barf
n
  1. the matter ejected in vomiting [syn: vomit, vomitus, puke, barf]
v
  1. eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth; "After drinking too much, the students vomited"; "He purged continuously"; "The patient regurgitated the food we gave him last night"
    Synonym(s): vomit, vomit up, purge, cast, sick, cat, be sick, disgorge, regorge, retch, puke, barf, spew, spue, chuck, upchuck, honk, regurgitate, throw up
    Antonym(s): keep down
From Jargon File (4.2.0, 31 JAN 2000) [jargon]:
   barf /barf/ n.,v.   [common; from mainstream slang meaning
   `vomit'] 1. interj.   Term of disgust.   This is the closest hackish
   equivalent of the Valspeak "gag me with a spoon". (Like, euwww!)
   See {bletch}.   2. vi. 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. vi.
   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}.
  
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
   barf
  
      /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}.
  
      (1996-02-26)
  
  
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