Purey vs Pukey - What's the difference?

purey | pukey |


As a noun purey

is a marble, of the sort used in playing marbles, that is one solid color through and through.

As an adjective pukey is

(informal) resembling vomit in colour, texture, etc.

purey

English

Noun

(s)
  • A marble, of the sort used in playing marbles, that is one solid color through and through.
  • *1957 , , 1991 LB Books edition, page 76,
  • *:... an unclouded blue marble (known to marble shooters, at least in the twenties, as a "purey "),...
  • pukey

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • (informal) Resembling vomit in colour, texture, etc.
  • * 2007 , Lauren Mechling, Laura Moser, Foreign Exposure: The Social Climber Abroad :
  • The walls in this abandoned waiting area were painted a pukey orange, compounding the feeling of queasiness I'd had since breakfast.
  • (informal) Inclined to vomit; sick.
  • * 2005 , Rebecca Eckler, Knocked Up: Confessions of a Hip Mother-to-be :
  • There's no way he'd allow a dog on his couch or on his 500-thread-count sheets, let alone a pukey baby.
  • (informal) Vile; contemptible.
  • * 2003 , Guy Davenport, The Death of Picasso :
  • He called Mikkel a pukey little faggot. I'll kick him again when I can get at him.
  • * 2007 , Paul Auster, Travels in the Scriptorium :
  • ...it's nothing more than a pukey little garrison town in the middle of nowhere.