[ kek ]

verb (used without object)
  1. to retch; be nauseated.

  2. to feel or show disgust or strong dislike.

Origin of keck

First recorded in 1595–1605; perhaps akin to choke

Words Nearby keck Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use keck in a sentence

  • 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
  • Hum-Drum and Kopy-keck applied themselves to their physics and metaphysics; but in vain.

British Dictionary definitions for keck (1 of 2)


/ (kɛk) /

verb(intr) mainly US
  1. to retch or feel nausea

  2. to feel or express disgust

Origin of keck

C17: of imitative origin

British Dictionary definitions for keck (2 of 2)


/ (kɛk) /

  1. another name for cow parsnip, cow parsley

Origin of keck

C17: from kex, which was mistaken as a plural (as if kecks)

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