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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
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Examples from the Web for kecks
Historical Examples
  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for kecks

kecks

/kɛks/
plural noun
1.
(Northern English, dialect) trousers
Word Origin
C19: from obsolete kicks breeches

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)
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Word Origin and History for kecks

keck

v.

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

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