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verb (used without object)
  1. to retch; be nauseated.
  2. to feel or show disgust or strong dislike.
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Origin of keck

First recorded in 1595–1605; perhaps akin to choke
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Contemporary Examples of keck

Historical Examples of keck

  • 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.


    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


verb (intr) mainly US
  1. to retch or feel nausea
  2. to feel or express disgust
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Word Origin for keck

C17: of imitative origin


  1. another name for cow parsnip, cow parsley
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Word Origin for keck

C17: from kex, which was mistaken as a plural (as if kecks)
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Word Origin and History for keck


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

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