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an unstressed syllable prefixed to onomatopoeic and other expressive words, usually forming adverbs or interjections: kerflop; kerplunk; ker-splosh.
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In the UK, COTTON CANDY is more commonly known as…
Also ca-, ka- .
Origin of ker-
Perhaps from Scots dialect car-, cur-, currie- (as in carfuffle, carwhuffle “to disarrange,” carnaptious “irritable,” curriebuction “a confused gathering, etc.”), based on car, earlier ker “left (hand or side),” from Scots Gaelic cearr “wrong, awkward, left-handed” (compare Middle Irish cerr “crooked, maimed”); variants without r probably reflect forms in r-less dialects
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How to use ker- in a sentence
We watched the f--ker come, inch by inch,” she said, “but not a single work of art was lost.How Hurricane Sandy Rocked the Art Galleries in Chelsea|Blake Gopnik|November 6, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Badass Motherf**ker Samuel L. Jackson has given voice to the audio book version.Happy F**king Father’s Day|Tony Doukopil|June 17, 2011|DAILY BEAST
An' so when I went courtin' m' third wife, I took a stitch in time an' told her about the camphor an' ker'sene an' lard.Fifty Contemporary One-Act Plays|Various
I stay here lit-tle longer, and then I get wick-ker from Dafydd Dafis, and mend chairs, like my mother.Mushroom Town|Oliver Onions
The emphatic ker-blim of a rifle a hundred yards off furnished a vocal exclamation point to further accent the comment.The Glory of The Coming|Irvin S. Cobb
I war jes agwine to de house wen I see dese yer hosses comin ker-blip!The White Shield|Myrtle Reed
Coliko coliko saulo we Apopli to the farming ker Will wel and mang him mullo, Will wel and mang his truppo.The Romany Rye|George Borrow