verb (used without object)

to retch; be nauseated.
to feel or show disgust or strong dislike.

Nearby words

  1. keblah,
  2. keble,
  3. keble, john,
  4. kechua,
  5. kechuan,
  6. keck telescope,
  7. kecks,
  8. kecskemét,
  9. ked,
  10. kedah

Origin of keck

First recorded in 1595–1605; perhaps akin to choke Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for keck



verb (intr) mainly US

to retch or feel nausea
to feel or express disgust

Word Origin for keck

C17: of imitative origin


another name for cow parsnip, cow parsley

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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