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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A Middle English form of car.
  • n. An unstressed introductory syllable, perhaps better written ka- or ke-, used in some dialectal words, without meaning in itself but. serving to introduce an emphatic stress, as in kerslap, kerchunk, kerplunk, kerwhaek, etc. It probably originated in the involuntary utterance which often precedes a sudden physical effort, as in striking with an ax or hammer or paving-rammer.

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