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From Middle English kyke, from Old English ciccan. Related to Dutch kijken, Icelandic kíkja, Swedish kika.

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kyke (third-person singular simple present kykes, present participle kyking, simple past and past participle kyked)

  1. (obsolete) To look steadfastly; to gaze.
    This Nicholas sat ever gaping upright, / As he had kyked on the newe moon. — Chaucer.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for kyke in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)