ker-

EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

Now stands in for a thud, but continuation[1] of Scottish Gaelic cur-, variant of Scottish Gaelic car ‎(char), cognate with Irish cor, English char, Dutch keer ‎(time, turn, occasion), German Kehre ‎(turn, bight, bend), Greek γύρος ‎(gýros, bout, whirl), gyre. Early uses were often collocated with went.[2]

PrefixEdit

ker-

  1. (often humorous) Used to form various onomatopoeiae.
    [The book] has suspense, pathos, bravery, and the bad guys get it in the end with a big KERWHAM! [1]

Derived termsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ cur-, Dictionary of the Scots Language, www.dsl.ac.uk.
  2. ^ ker-, prefix, Oxford English Dictionary Online, oed.com.