Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

Words You've Been Using Wrong

keck

[kek] /kɛk/
verb (used without object)
1.
to retch; be nauseated.
2.
to feel or show disgust or strong dislike.
Origin of keck
1595-1605
First recorded in 1595-1605; perhaps akin to choke
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for keck
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • Ye're a member o' the Cawmittee, I obsairve, sae I'll hae to keck up a bet row wi' ye.

  • His contempt finds voice in such expressions as to "huddle" prayers, and to "keck" at wholesome food.

    Milton

    Sir Walter Alexander Raleigh
  • She bare me two or three souses behind in the nape of the neck, Till I made her old weasand to answer again, "keck!"

    Gammer Gurton's Needle Mr. S. Mr. of Art
British Dictionary definitions for keck

keck1

/kɛk/
verb (intransitive) (mainly US)
1.
to retch or feel nausea
2.
to feel or express disgust
Word Origin
C17: of imitative origin

keck2

/kɛk/
noun
1.
another name for cow parsnip, cow parsley
Word Origin
C17: from kex, which was mistaken as a plural (as if kecks)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for keck
v.

"to make a sound as if to vomit," 1530s, echoic. Related: Kecked; kecking.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for keck

Word Value for keck

14
15
Scrabble Words With Friends