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