Main definitions of keck in English

: keck1keck2

keck1

verb

[NO OBJECT]informal
  • Feel as if one is about to vomit; retch.

    ‘he stood there almost kecking from disgust’
    • ‘There's no reason to believe the president has any inclination to stop him from kecking up his verbal bile all over the office carpets again.’
    • ‘But before she could finish her sentence, she kecked into a white plastic bucket behind the contestants’ table.’
    • ‘He did appreciate the chickens again, though not to the point of kecking, and thought that any farm animal that made noise (notably a turkey and some pigs) was amusing.’
    • ‘I was actually kecking with him!’
    be sick, spew, spew up, fetch up
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Origin

Early 17th century: imitative.

Pronunciation

keck

/kɛk/

Main definitions of keck in English

: keck1keck2

keck2

noun

British
dialect
  • Cow parsley or a similar plant.

    • ‘Other names, such as the ugly "keck", or the ominous "devil's oatmeal" have less to recommend them.’
    • ‘It sounds like cow parsley to me too, or possibly some sort of keck type thing.’

Origin

Early 17th century: from earlier dialect kex (perhaps of Celtic origin), interpreted as plural.

Pronunciation

keck

/kɛk/