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Origin: Germany
Region Origin: Western Europe

The name Ralph is a male given name that originates from Old Norse words meaning "counsel" and "wolf". It has been used as a slang term in the United States to describe the act of vomiting, with the exact origin being uncertain but possibly derived from the use of the male name Ralph in the 1960s or an imitative nature. The term "ralph" as a verb is defined as to vomit, with examples of its usage in sentences being "Spent the next four hours ralphing over the side of the boat" and "She woke up to find her roommate ralphing into the trash can". The term is also used as a noun, as seen in the sentence "It was enough to make you ralph up your dinner". Traceable references to the use of the term "ralph" in this context date back to the 1930s.

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