English edit

Etymology edit

ㅋㅋㅋ (keukeukeu) is the childish Korean equivalent of the English "haha". Since this is often used in StarCraft matches, Blizzard, StarCraft’s developers, decided to reference it in World of Warcraft: when a player of the Horde faction types "lol" using the /say messaging command, members of the opposing faction see it as "kek".[1]

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /kɛk/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛk

Interjection edit

kek

  1. (Internet slang, video games) Used to indicate laughter or humour.
    • 2007 October 13, The Cynic [username], “Re: Nobel Peace belong to me.”, in alt.politics.bush[7] (Usenet):
      Now Freakie boy, for a tasty doggie biscuit, can you try saying that again without any grammatical error?
      kek kek kek kek kek
    • 2013 December 11, Steve Nickolas, “Re: 1984 Apple IIe Owner's Manual”, in comp.sys.apple2[8] (Usenet):
      Top kek.

      I can't believe Apple would derp like THAT, at least the Apple of the mid-1980s.
    • 2014 February 19, Checkmate [username] (quoting [Tor] Friendly Neighborhood Vote> Wrangler Emeritus [username]), “Checkmate's Discount House of Spatulas”, in alt.usenet.kooks[9] (Usenet):
      > "an hour or two a day" "chasing old Checkmate posts."
      >
      >kek

Usage notes edit

Derived terms edit

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Verb edit

kek (third-person singular simple present keks, present participle kekking or keking, simple past and past participle kekked or keked or kek'd)

  1. (Internet slang) To laugh.

Synonyms edit

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ Sarkar, Samit (2017 September 14) “Bungie explains how Destiny 2 armor resembling hate symbol made it into the game”, in Polygon, retrieved August 4, 2018
  2. ^ Moomaw, Graham (2017 February 16) “In Charlottesville, GOP candidate for governor Corey Stewart allies with alt-right-inspired blogger who wants to protect 'glorious Western civilization'”, in Richmond Times-Dispatch[1]
  3. ^ Mardell, Mark (2016 September 22) “Naked Nigel, the God Kek and modern politics”, in BBC News[2]
  4. ^ King, James (2016 November 22) “Cucks & Kek: Racism's Old Guard Reaches Out To An Online Generation”, in Vocativ[3], archived from the original on 11 November 2020
  5. ^ Lock, Colm (2016 December 1) “Harambe and the magic of memes”, in The Mancunion[4], retrieved February 26, 2017
  6. ^ Harkinson, Josh (2016 October 27) “Meet the White Nationalist Trying To Ride The Trump Train to Lasting Power”, in Mother Jones[5]
  7. ^ Hathaway, Jay (2016 November 7) “Trump Fans Unleash Last-Minute Flood of Pepe the Frog Memes”, in The Daily Dot[6], retrieved February 26, 2017

Albanian edit

Etymology edit

A modern borrowing, from English cake.

Noun edit

kek n

  1. cake, pie

Atong (India) edit

Pronunciation edit

Etymology 1 edit

From English cake.

Noun edit

kek (Bengali script কেক)

  1. cake

Etymology 2 edit

Verb edit

kek- (Bengali script কেক)

  1. to chop (wood)

Etymology 3 edit

Verb edit

kek- (Bengali script কেক)

  1. to grow

Etymology 4 edit

Adjective edit

kek- (Bengali script কেক, type 1)

  1. blunt; dull

References edit

Basque edit

Etymology 1 edit

Noun edit

kek

  1. ergative indefinite of ke

Etymology 2 edit

Noun edit

kek

  1. ergative plural of ka

Dutch edit

Etymology edit

Borrowed from German keck. Doublet of kwiek.

Pronunciation edit

Adjective edit

kek

  1. (Netherlands) eye-catching (visually pleasing in a hip or bold manner)
    • 2016 February 19, Thijs Zonneveld, “De beige sjaal van Dick Advocaat is een statement”, in Algemeen Dagblad:
      Dick doet er niet aan mee. Geen kekke overhemden, geen moeilijke kapsels (al was dat over zijn schedel gekamde haar dat hij vroeger had ook een soort van hip, destijds), geen laklederen laarsjes en geen Only God Can Judge Me-tatoeage in zijn nek.
      Dick does not go along with it. No flashy shirts, no difficult hairdo (although the hairstyle that he used to have, hair combed sideways, was also some kind of trendy, at that time), no glossy leather boots and no "Only God Can Judge Me" tattoos on his neck.
  2. (Netherlands, by extension) fashionable
  3. (Netherlands) sassy (bold and spirited; cheeky)
    • 2013 October 13, Sjoerd Hartholt, “Zo stoppen we de terreur van de straatwervers”, in HP/De Tijd:
      In feite is het verschil met bedelende zwervers niet heel groot, alleen zijn die meestal veel minder opdringerig en aanwezig. Een ander verschil is dat straatwervers vaak kekke meisjes en jongens zijn die bovendien zeggen dat je kapsel tof is en dat je een relaxt persoon lijkt.
      In fact the difference with begging vagrants is not very large, but these are usually much less intrusive and prominent. Another difference is that street promoters are often cheeky girls and boys who moreover say that your hairstyle is swell and that you seem like a relaxed kind of person.

Synonyms edit

Descendants edit

  • Negerhollands: kek

Fiji Hindi edit

Etymology edit

Borrowed from English cake.

Pronunciation edit

Noun edit

kek

  1. cake

References edit

Iban edit

Etymology edit

Borrowed from English cake.

Pronunciation edit

Noun edit

kek

  1. cake

Indonesian edit

Etymology 1 edit

Pronunciation edit

Noun edit

kek

  1. (vocative) Clipping of kakek.

Etymology 2 edit

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /keʔ/
  • (rare, especially when stressed) IPA(key): /kek/

Adverb edit

kek

  1. (colloquial) Syncopic form of kayak (like, such as)

Further reading edit

Malay edit

Etymology edit

From English cake.

Pronunciation edit

Noun edit

kek (Jawi spelling کيک, plural kek-kek, informal 1st possessive kekku, 2nd possessive kekmu, 3rd possessive keknya)

  1. cake

Further reading edit

Norwegian Bokmål edit

Alternative forms edit

Pronunciation edit

IPA(key): [çeːk]

Verb edit

kek

  1. past of kike

Talysh edit

Etymology edit

Cognate with Persian کک (kak).

Noun edit

kek

  1. flea

Tok Pisin edit

Etymology edit

From English cake.

Noun edit

kek

  1. cake

Turkish edit

Etymology edit

Borrowed from English cake.

Noun edit

kek (definite accusative keki, plural kekler)

  1. cake

Usage notes edit

  • It's called "pasta" when it's with cream filling

Declension edit

Inflection
Nominative kek
Definite accusative keki
Singular Plural
Nominative kek kekler
Definite accusative keki kekleri
Dative keke keklere
Locative kekte keklerde
Ablative kekten keklerden
Genitive kekin keklerin

Volapük edit

Noun edit

kek (nominative plural keks)

  1. cake

Declension edit

Zazaki edit

Etymology 1 edit

Noun edit

kek m

  1. Alternative form of kekı (flea)

Etymology 2 edit

Noun edit

kek m

  1. mister

Etymology 3 edit

Noun edit

kek

  1. cake