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Keck \Keck\ (k[e^]k), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Kecked; p. pr. & vb. n. Kecking.] [Cf. dial. G. k["o]cken, k["o]ken.] To heave or to retch, as in an effort to vomit. [R.]


Keck \Keck\, n. An effort to vomit; queasiness. [R.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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


Etymology 1 vb. (context intransitive English) To retch or heave as if to vomit. Etymology 2

n. (context dialectal English) cow parsley Etymology 3

n. (context Manx English) animal dung


Keck may refer to:

  • Keck (surname)
  • Keck, Kentucky
  • 5811 Keck, an asteroid
  • Keck, another name for Cow Parsley
Keck (surname)

Keck is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Anthony Keck, English architect
  • Charles Keck (1875–1951), U.S. sculptor
  • David D. Keck (1903–1995), U.S. botanist
  • Donald Keck (born 1941), U.S. physicist
  • Hermann Keck, inventor of the Keck clip
  • Howard B. Keck (1913–1996), son and successor of W. M. Keck
  • Jean-Christophe Keck (born 1964), French musician and editor of the critical edition of the works of Jacques Offenbach
  • Jeremiah Keck (1845–1930), New York state senator
  • Kevin Keck (born 1973), U.S. essayist and poet
  • Ray Keck (born 1947), U.S. college president and educator
  • Rebecca J. Keck (1827–1904), U.S. physician and patent medicine entrepreneur
  • Stan Keck (1897–1951), U.S. football player
  • Tinker Keck (born 1976), U.S. sportsman
  • William Myron Keck (1880–1964), U.S. founder of Superior Oil Company, best known for creating the W. M. Keck Foundation

Usage examples of "keck".

The venerable twin Keck telescopes had ruled over this realm since their construction in the 1990s, though they were no longer the largest of their breed.

Those inside the conducting Keck dome survived, since the currents remained on the outside.

Molly Notkin is standing with Rutherford Keck and Crosby Baum and a radically bad-postured man before the school-supplied Infernatron viewer.

The computer operator and navigator, Elspeth Keck, was younger and too plump.

Each of the thirty-six mirrors in the Keck Telescope, also on Mauna Kea, had been only seventy-two inches across.

Stern plans to do the search between 2011 and 2013 using the Keck and Subaru telescopes.

An even larger dome stood in the distance, but Benjamin thought the Kecks were the more beautiful.

From our position on the ramp we saw blokes dropping their kecks and mooning in the heat haze, and the Spandau Ballet gang were giving it some again.

At last there is a stuttering of three explosions, and a huge squall of smokestone kecks up from porous earth and uncoils in a smog that expands fast to clog the channel the graders have made, and moves slower as it begins to set.

Gretchen Keck was among them, the face above the soft young body set in a smiling tetany of embarrassment.

Keck proposed the extension of the franchise to the hundreds, while Lord John Russell contended that the borough, like that of Grampound, should be disfranchised altogether.

I brought Keck over from the Agency, spent twenty-four seven with him until he was up to speed.