from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun A Middle English form of car.


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