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an unstressed syllable prefixed to onomatopoeic and other expressive words, usually forming adverbs or interjections:
kerflop; kerplunk; ker-splosh.

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.


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


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