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ker-

1.
an unstressed syllable prefixed to onomatopoeic and other expressive words, usually forming adverbs or interjections:
kerflop; kerplunk; ker-splosh.
Also, ca-, ka-.
Origin
Scots dialect
perhaps < 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) < Scots Gaelic cearr wrong, awkward, left-handed (compare MIr cerr crooked, maimed); variants without r probably reflect forms in r-less dialects
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Word Origin and History for ker

ker-

U.S. slang prefix, by 1836 as che-, 1843 as ker-, possibly from influence of German or Dutch ge-, past participial prefix; or ultimately echoic of the sound of the fall of some heavy body.

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Slang definitions & phrases for ker

ker-

prefix

A particle that intensifies echoic terms for blows, splashings, hard efforts, etc: kerbang/ kerblam/ kerplunk/ kerslosh/ kerwallop (1840s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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