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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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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



pl n
  1. Northern English dialect trousers
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Word Origin

C19: from obsolete kicks breeches


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

C17: of imitative origin


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

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



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

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