- to retch; be nauseated.
- to feel or show disgust or strong dislike.
Origin of keck
First recorded in 1595–1605; perhaps akin to choke
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Examples from the Web for kecks
He stayed with the dear Kecks, Mother Keck pressing and mending his clothes, hovering over him as if he were her own son.An American Idyll
Cornelia Stratton Parker
Kecksies or Kecks are the dried and withered stems of the Hemlock, and the name is occasionally applied to the living plant.The plant-lore and garden-craft of Shakespeare
Henry Nicholson Ellacombe
- Northern English dialect trousers
C19: from obsolete kicks breeches
- to retch or feel nausea
- to feel or express disgust
C17: of imitative origin
C17: from kex, which was mistaken as a plural (as if kecks)
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Word Origin and History for kecks
"to make a sound as if to vomit," 1530s, echoic. Related: Kecked; kecking.
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