keck

[kek]

Origin of keck

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

  • Wells and thousands of others have found an unexpected forum for abstract art, and Keck has found another market.

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    August 21, 2010

  • Keck has taken a lesson from museum stores and started reproducing her creations on any surface that will hold an image and sell.

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    August 21, 2010

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.

    Milton

    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

keck

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

Word Origin for keck

C17: of imitative origin

keck

2
noun
  1. 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
v.

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

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