ker-

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See also: ker, kér, kêr, kër, keř, and ker.

English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Now stands in for a thud, but continuation[1] of Scottish Gaelic cur-, variant of Scottish Gaelic car ‎(char), cognate with Irish cor, English char, Dutch keer ‎(time, turn, occasion), German Kehre ‎(turn, bight, bend), Greek γύρος ‎(gýros, bout, whirl), gyre. Early uses were often collocated with went.[2]

Prefix[edit]

ker-

  1. (often humorous) Used to form various onomatopoeiae.
    [The book] has suspense, pathos, bravery, and the bad guys get it in the end with a big KERWHAM! [1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ cur-, Dictionary of the Scots Language, www.dsl.ac.uk.
  2. ^ ker-, prefix, Oxford English Dictionary Online, oed.com.