Green’s Dictionary of Slang

ker- pfx

[most dictionaries (OED, Webster, F&H) link the pfx to onomatopoeia, but beyond that the precise meaning of ker- becomes more problematical. A range of possibilities is listed by Gerald Cohen, whose detailed analysis is recommended for further study (Cohen Studies in Sl. Pt 1 1985, pp.1–28): (i) f. simple onomatopoeia. (ii) f. Ger. past participle pfx ge-. (iii) f. dial. cur-/car- and Gaelic car-, wrongly, confusedly; ult. f. Gaelic car, a twist, a turn. (iv) the initial crrr- pron. of words such as crash and crunch (Cohen’s own belief)]

(orig. US) a pfx used in a wide variety of combs. to indicate the sound of falling, of collision or of movement; other synon. pfxs include ca-, che-, co-, com-, con-, cor-, cul-, cur-, ga-, k’-, ka-, ke-, ko-, ku-.

[US]Political Examiner 8 Dec. 4/1: By gum, if I dident sit plump cowallish right down on Deby’s aunt’s cat [DA].
[US]T. Haliburton Clockmaker II 23: I was on the edge of the wharf, and only one step more was over head and ears chewallop in the water.
[US]‘Madison Tensas’ Louisiana ‘Swamp Doctor’ (1850) 174: Vim! I tuck him over the head, and, cochunk, he keeled over.
[US]J.J. Hooper Adventures of Captain Simon Suggs (1851) 197: They’d hit pretty close by me ’casionally, ca-junk!
[US]J.M. Field Drama in Pokerville 27: Down he went – ‘K’chuck!’.
[US] ‘Ruff Sam’s Bear Fight’ Spirit of the Times 4 Mar. (N.Y.) 14: I was fallin’ back for a new position as my foot slipped, an ke fetchup! I kum on my back!
[US]W.C. Hall ‘Mike Hooter’s Fight with the ‘Bar’’ Spirit of the Times 10 Nov. (N.Y.) 452: What? Didn’t he roll and wabble and play kerwallop ’mong those ar canes and briars?
[US]J.C. Neal Pic-nic Sketches 45: We went ca-splash into the water.
[US]T. Haliburton Sam Slick’s Wise Saws I 155: He jumped right up with fright, and goes kerwallop head over ears into the water.
[US]C. Abbey diary 1 Aug. in Gosnell Before the Mast (1989) 136: The sails all flew aback & the ship broke off 3 points ‘ker whack’.
[US]T. Haliburton Season Ticket 245: He moved to the edge of his chair, and nearly tilted it and himself chewallop.
[US]‘Artemus Ward’ ‘Mr Ward Attend a Graffick’ in Complete Works (1922) 164: He med a spaired his breath though! kerslap I goes into his wastecote, and kesouse goes his coffy over his shoulders onto hed and neck of a bony old made with a bird of Pardice in her artificial locks.
[US]E. Eggleston Mystery of Metropolisville 121: You’ve clim half-way t’ the top, / Down comes yer ladder ke-whop!
[UK]J. Mair Hbk of Phrases 99: Cashunk, an exclamation imitative of sudden noise.
[US]F.H. Sheppard Love Afloat 151: Men a-crawlin’ up [...] tryin’ to get up and droppin’ back, ker splush!
[US]E.L. Wheeler Deadwood Dick in Beadle’s Half Dime Library I:1 81/3: Across ther back, kerwhack!
[UK]G.A. Sala in Living London (1883) 77: [orig. in San Francisco News Letter] I stayed below in the rosy glow / While she shinned up the tree; / But no sooner up than down kerslup / Came the beautiful Annabel Lee.
[US](con. c.1840) ‘Mark Twain’ Huckleberry Finn 202: Jis’ den, ’longcome de wind en slam it to [...] ker-blam!
[US]C.F. Lummis letter 5 Nov. in Byrkit Letters from the Southwest (1989) 66: A sudden rush of wind swept me off from the track and dumped me kerslosh in the sand.
[US]Nye & Riley Railway Guide 4: You’ve got him clean kaflummixed.
[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 7 Jan. 4/6: [...] whuch suggests an over-fed cow drawing its hoof out of swampy ground and distrurbing the peace [...] by the resultant ‘kerplunk’.
[US]J. Flynt Tramping with Tramps 368: We tumbled ka-plunk, jus’ like dominoes when y’u set ’em up in a row ’n’ then knock the firs’ one down.
[UK]Marvel XIV:358 8: Waal, I’m ker-dinged! [...] this gits me!
[US]Cape Girardeau Democrat (MO) 5 May 7/2: I looses my balance and goes hoofs over elbows, kerplunk!
[US]J.D. Corrothers Black Cat Club 92: An’ down he comes—ka-plumpup!
[US]J.W. Carr ‘Words from Northwest Arkansas’ in DN III:i 84: It went down ker-chuck / ker-chug / ker-plank.
[UK]E. Pugh Spoilers 107: At last I falls down – ker-flop!
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 3 Mar. 4/8: This paper said ‘Hit him, ker— plunk!’.
[UK]Magnet 15 Feb. 6: ‘Ker-woosh!’ ejaculated the junior, as he sprawled on the floor.
[US] ‘Word-List From West Brattleboro’ in DN III:vi 454: kerbunt, adv. Describes the act of butting or striking the head against something.
[US]O.O. McIntyre New York Day By Day 6 Sept. [synd. col.] She hopped off, sat down kerplunk and the autoped dashed into a peanut vendor.
[US]A. Baer Two and Three 25 Feb. [synd. col.] That last may sound keerfoolish.
[US]R. McAlmon Village 131: Ike [...] had climbed into his wagon and driven towards his farm hell-kapluting.
[US](con. 1914–18) L. Nason Three Lights from a Match 37: Cerrump! A salvo burst about three hundred yards away.
[US]N.I. White Amer. Negro Folk-Songs 244: [reported from Auburn, Ala., 1915–1916] Banjo goes, ‘Ker-blank, ke-blank’.
[US]D. Runyon ‘Blood Pressure’ in Runyon on Broadway (1954) 85: A loud noise like ker-bump. [Ibid.] 88: I hear something go ker-bap.
[US]Z.N. Hurston Mules and Men (1995) 108: Way after while he broke thru and hit de water ‘ker ploogum!’.
[US]D. Runyon ‘A Very Honorable Guy’ in Runyon on Broadway (1954) 427: This ham hits the poor old Doc Bodeeker Kerbowie smack dab on the noggin.
[US]D. Runyon ‘Princess O’Hara’ in Runyon on Broadway (1954) 444: The truck goes smack-dab into the wall with a loud kuh-boom.
Philadelphia Enquirer (PA) 19 Oct. 102/3: ‘Kerdumpf’ — originally the bumping noise made by a landing aircraft; now an exclamation of surprise.
[US]Z.N. Hurston Dust Tracks On a Road (1995) 723: Ker-blam-er-lam-er-lam! And dat was de last of Brer Engine-driving Monk.
[US]R.L. Bellem ‘Million Buck Snatch!’ Dan Turner - Hollywood Detective Jan. [Internet] ‘An automatic spat flame and said: “Ka-chow-chow-chow!’.
[US]W. Guthrie Bound for Glory (1969) 360: A tire right under where I was setting went out, Keeeeblam!
[US]R.L. Bellem ‘Shakedown Sham’ Dan Turner – Hollywood Detective May [Internet] The .28 sneezed Ka-Chowp! in a sharp staccato.
[US]C. Sandburg letter in Mitgang (1968) 417: You and I are never down till we are out and never flabbergasted till we are kaflooberated.
[US]D. Runyon Runyon à la Carte 35: All of a sudden there is a whistling sound and then a big ker-bloom.
[UK]D. Bolster Roll On My Twelve 15: The Captain saw those bombs too [...] ZeeZeeZeeKEKERRUMMPPCH.
[UK]A. Buckeridge Jennings’ Diary 56: Ker-tumf ... Kerpink! ... Ker-tumf ... ker-pink! ... answered Darbishire’s gear case.
[UK]D. Jacobson Dance in the Sun 24: There would be a blow-up, he said, between Russia and the United States. ‘Ker-boom!’.
[US]D. Pearce Cool Hand Luke (1967) 104: The big war. When everything went [...] ka-zowie!
[US]A. Harrington Secret Swinger 159: The ka-pock of ping-pong balls.
[US]Current Sl. I:2 4/1: Kazonk, v. To fail an exam or do poor work.
[US]G. Cuomo Among Thieves 214: That’s all Delft has to hear, and ker-boom, you’re on his shit list.
[Aus]D. O’Grady A Bottle of Sandwiches 85: Plonk—ker-splosh— straight in. Disappeared.
[UK]D. Morrell First Blood 238: There was a full roaring ca-whump that illuminated all that part of the sky.
[US]S. Ace Stand On It (1979) 233: Ka-blam! There was a sudden belch of blackish smoke.
[US]S. King Stand (1990) 365: He [...] flung the match on the pile of dripping hymnals, direct hit, kaflump! [Ibid.] 369: The dry leaves on top of the wet moss were instantly ablaze. KA-WHAMM-KA-WHAMM!
[US]L. Heinemann Paco’s Story (1987) 130: This was one bomb — one minute, one morning, one day in your life — ker-ploosh.
[US]S. King It (1987) 112: Aware – too aware – of how hard his heart was working. Ka-boom, ka-thud. Ka-boom, ka-thud.
[Ire]F. Mac Anna Last of the High Kings 92: The ball cannoned off the goal-keeper’s head with a ‘ker-ump’.
[UK]Guardian G2 24 June 9: There was this great clap of thunder ... khabbbboomm!!
[UK]Guardian Rev. 18 Sept. 10: From the ‘Plock, plock, Kerplock, plock’ of the rallies.
[UK]Indep. on Sun. Culture 12 Sept. 1: Put your coin in the slot marked ‘the 1980s’ and what do you get? Ker-ching!
[UK]Observer Screen 26 Sept. 9: Gasoline goes everywhere, a bloke [...] goes to light a cigar and... kerboom!
[UK]Beano 18 Sept. n.p.: Kablooph!
[UK]Indep. 13 Mar. 20: KERRPLOPP! It’s the e-mail I’ve been waiting for.
[UK]Guardian G2 25 Apr. 22: When the bird hits the really high note, it whacks off. Kerboom!
[UK]Guardian Rev. 5 May 14: I just go ker-ching, it’s Moby yet again...
[US]J. Stahl Plainclothes Naked (2002) 123: Merch [...] ka-banged the defecto candy machine and dug out a Chunky.
[US]C. Stella Eddie’s World 188: And something went wrong [...] something went kabooey?
[US]J. Franzen Corrections 259: Wouldn’t it be neat to put some M-80s on [...] a model railroad bridge? Ker-PERSSSCHT!
[UK]D. Mitchell Black Swan Green 172: The slab made a kerklonky noise.
[NZ]P. Shannon Davey Darling 72: I [...] threw another. It keranged and pinged in the guts of the thing.
[SA]Mail & Guardian (Johannesburg) 17 Apr. [Internet] The ker-ching, ker-ching of its rhythm guitar.

In compounds

ker...

see also under ka...

kerbolluxed (adj.) [ballocks (up) v.]

messed up, confused, with overtones of attendant noise.

[US]G.L. Cohen Studies in Sl. Pt 1 3: kerbolluxed (questionnaire: Northeast) ‘He got things all kerbolluxed up’ (= mixed up, but associated noise and rather obvious confusion.
kerflooey (adj.) (also caflooey, cafluey, gaflooey, kerflooie, kerfluey) [kerflooey! ]

crazy, chaotic, disorganised; usu. in phr. go kerflooey, to go to pieces, to break down.

Jacksonian (Cimarron, KS) 25 Sept. 1/5: Our friends [...] who think that western Kansas is busted and gone ker-flooey.
[US]K. MacLeish letter 15 May in Rossano Price of Honor (1991) 160: Voilà! The chance to be a hero gone caflooey!
[US]Wash. Times (DC) 6 Feb. 3/5: He gives a howl of anguish; / Says that things have gone gaflooey.
Southwestern Reporter CCXXXIV 554/2: Then in popular lingo the ‘Cabelleras de Honor’ went ‘kerflooey’.
L.J. Vance Linda Lee, Incorporated 190: ‘If we stick in anybody that hasn’t,’ Jacques interpolated, ‘the whole works will postolutely go ker-flooey.’.
[US]J. Tully Jarnegan (1928) 239: That little broad thought I’d go kerfluey when she took the fade-out.
H. Miller Moloch 22: The whole place went kerflooey.
[US] ‘Super-Service’ Sl.’ in AS XIII:4 Dec. 315/1: cafluey. Said of a car that has developed many defects that will mean major repairs. Used with go. [...] ‘That car has gone cafluey.’.
[US]J.T. Farrell Tommy Gallagher’s Crusade 37: He had a hat store out in Flushing and he was doin’ good, and then with bad times it went kerflooie, and he’s on his ear now.
B. Schulberg Disenchanted 291: Went kerflooey on me yesterday.
J. Barth Giles Goat-Boy 226: ‘That was two-three years ago,’ he said; ‘before things went kerflooey.’.
[US]S. King Cujo (1982) 149: What if the car goes kerflooey? [Ibid.] 154: Guess it’s still kerflooey.
New Amer. Writing I–IV 49: Contents crated, carted off to the mangrove swamp where compasses go kerflooey.
P.J. O’Rourke East the Rich 42: Four other major pyramid schemes quit paying interest and froze most accounts, which is to say they went kerflooey, too.
C. Friday Lelooska 94: I had a great year, I had good grades, elected student body president, all that kind of stuff, and then Dad’s business went kerflooey.
kerflummox

see separate entries.

kerlaraping (n.) [? larrup, to thrash]

(US) cavorting, jumping around excitedly.

[US]Guild Old Times n.p.: Busiris was still ‘kerlaraping.’ ‘Hold him, Jesse. Don’t let him break down the fence’ [DA].
kershlunk (adv.) [slunk/slink]

an onomat. term indicating the clandestine, slinking movement of an animal or human, e.g. The cat went kershlunk into the bushes.

[US]G.L. Cohen Studies in Sl. Pt 1 9: kershlunk (questionnaire; Texas): is used to indicate a quick, furtive movement into a place where the individual (human or non-human) should not go. There’s no sound, but the -slunk or -shlunk is related to slink. Also used for a quick, furtive, frightened movement into a hiding place.
kerwhallop

see separate entries.

In exclamations

ker...!

see also under ka...!

kerbam! [SE bam]

an onomat. term indicating a sudden noise or sharp shock.

D. Runyon ‘The Language of the Gloves’ reprinted in Miami News (FL) 6 Feb. 1954 12/1: For I hear his right hand up and speak and it say to the left / ‘Ker-bam! Ker-bam! That’s all’.
[US]Wash. Times (DC) 15 Aug. 24/4: Lewis pummeled the pill rudely. It went ker-bam up against second base.
Statesville Record (NC) 17 Nov. 9/2: ‘Kerbam’ went the whole works and left us high and dry.
Miami News 7 June 27/4: The three cages slipped oveer the side and hit the street, kerbam! and every door — boy, howdy! — popped wide open.
Fort Lauderdale (FL) 22 Aug. 3/1: He just ran his old car, ker-bam, right into the back of Portfirio’s new red one.
Quad-City Times (Davenport, IA) 17 Oct. 14/1: The drawer crashed, kerbam, to the floor.
Courier-Jrnl (Louisville, KY) 11 June 8/5: A figure-8 stock-care race [...] sounds like a ‘Batman’ script, full of booms, pops and kerbams .
Quad-City Times (Davenport, IA) 5 Mar. 2/1: Allison landed ker-bam right on the hardwood in front of me. He looked to be out cold.
Tom of Cheyenne ‘Flo Flea’s Wild Ride’ BarnYarns [Internet] As soon as Joe saw Zam bop the guy, Joe just automatically stuck his shades in his pocket and hit the first man closest to him. Kerbam!
J. Whyle ‘B-Grade’ S. Afr. Film Website [Internet] Frank had created himself in the shape of a comic book hero. [...] You could put him against a blue back ground with a speech bubble coming out of his mouth saying ‘Kerbam!!’.
kerbang! [SE bang]

an onomat. term indicating a sudden sharp noise or explosion.

[US]Western Reserve Chron. (Warren, OH) 24 Mar. 1/6: We went buzzing along, when crack, kerbang, and we inside were a struggling mass of humanity.
[Aus]Ovens and Murray Advertiser (Beechworth, Vic.) 21 Apr. 4/5: The discharge of the horse-pistol occurred with a kerbang which attracted general attention in the neighborhood.
[US]Sedalia Wkly Bazoo (MO) 26 July 8/3: With a rip, whiz, ker-bang on he came.
[US]Sun. Herald (DC) 9 Aug. 13/1: Then in he jumped in the air ’bout fifteen feet, an’ come down stiff-legged, ker-bang!
Dly Morn. Jrnl 4 Dec. 12/4: When in a hurry and when violent you do things kabang, kachunk, kaflop, kaslam.
[UK]Binstead & Wells Pink ’Un and Pelican 180: Along comes the pore, benighted Juggins with the puddin’-basin as the ‘D’ had planted on him; acrosst the road rushes Ben — kerbiff! — kerbang!
Yakima Herald (WA) 1 Nov. 10/4: Ker-Biff! Ker-Bang! Smash!
[UK]J. Ware Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era 162/1: ‘Ker’ is also frequently used before words implying movement, as kersmash, kerbang, kerash (crash), kerflummux, kerslap.
[US]Wash. Times (DC) 7 Jan. 9/4: The first two times he tried it he fell back kerbang and hit his head.
kerbiff! [biff n.1 (1)]

an onomat. term indicating a sudden blow.

[US]Day’s Doings (NY) 27 May 302/4: The stubborn young rascal wouldn’t speak and ker-biff he got it on the other side of the head and again he found himself sprawling on the floor.
[US]Wkly Caucasian (Lexington, MO) 24 June 1/5: David [...] sent a stone ker-biff which crushed in the skull just between the eyes.
[UK]Binstead & Wells Pink ’Un and Pelican 180: Along comes the pore, benighted Juggins with the puddin’-basin as the ‘D’ had planted on him; acrosst the road rushes Ben — kerbiff! — kerbang!
[US]Minneapolis Jrnl (Minn.) 11 June n.p.: He scrambled ’bout half-way down de bee tree, en den he turn eve’ything loose en hit de groun’ kerbiff!
[US]N.Y. Tribune 25 July 14/3: The kitten hopped. Ker-biff! Ker-bump! / And off they started with a jump.
[US]C. Woofter ‘Dialect Words & Phrases from West-Central West Virginia’ in AS II:8 358: John hit the man kerbiff.
kerbim! [echoic bim]

an onomat. term indicating a sudden blow.

[US]Wilmington Jrnl (NC) 8 Mar. 4/3: [He] whopped er whole han’ full o’ saw dust kerbim into his face.
[US] ‘How Sally Hooter Got Snake-Bit’ in T.A. Burke Polly Peablossom’s Wedding 70: She didn’t say nare a word, but she turned ’round an’ took me kerbim right ’tween the eyes!
Larens Advertiser (SC) 18 Sept. 1/5: I located the [wasp] nest [...] and waas fast filling up when an outsider took me ‘ker-bim’, on the back of the neck.
[US]Day Book (Chicago) 14 Aug. 11/2: Sassoon stabbed his wooden leg th’oo a knot-hole in de flo’ [...] and cracks de Bishop’s bowed head ker-bim.
kerblam! [SE blam]

an onomat. term indicating a sudden shock or explosion.

J.C. Harris in Eve. Star (DC) 20 Mar. 7/2: He came lumberin’ ’long, en he hit — ker-blam! — right in de middle er de fire.
[US]‘Mark Twain’ Huckleberry Finn 234: Long come de wind en slam it to, behine de chile, ker-blam!
[US]Wash. Times (DC) 10 Jan. 5/6: I raise dis stick anner comes clean down on de haid kerblam, jiss lak dat.
Anadarko Daily Democrat (OK) 21 Nov. 2/5: A boa’d fell down ker-blim! ker-blam!
Z.N. Hurston in Dundes Mother Wit (1973) 26/2: Ker-blam-er-lam-er-lam! And dat was de last of Brer Engine-driving Monk.
[US]‘Tom Pendleton’ Iron Orchard (1967) 67: Ker-blam! Next thing I know I’m a-comin’ to, layin on the steps.
kerblinkety!

(US) an onomat. term indicating a sudden shock or explosion.

[US]Central New Jersey Home News (New Brunswick, NJ) 14 Aug. 8/7: And kerblinkety — volunteer firemen from the henry street fire house had their shiny truck out in no time.
kerblip! [echoic blip]

an onomat. term indicating the noise of something hitting the (soft) ground.

[US]Daily Eve. Bulletin (Maysville, KY) 28 Jan. n.p.: Icy walk / Sudden slip / Down you go / Ker blip / Up aghain / You say —! / Down again / Ker blam.
[US]Salt Lake Herald (UH) 12 May 12/3: I was [...] listenin’ to a hook-nosed feller tellin’ a funny story, when all of a sudden — kerblip!
[US]‘O. Henry’ Cabbages and Kings 106: The sea was remarking ‘Sh-sh-sh’ on the beach; and now and then a ripe coconut would drop kerblip in the sand.
kerblump! [SE bump/blump; var. on kerplump! ]

an onomat. term indicating the noise of a solid object hitting the (soft) ground.

J.H. Ferguson Nashville Globe 21 Dec. 11/2: Den all at wunc’ de ’possum jez ris right up an’ jumped / Right onto de rahcoon, right on his haid, kerblump.
Morn. Call (Allentown, PA) 7 May 21/3: The constant ker-blump of large tallowy torsos hitting the canvas.
[US]Star Trib. (Minneapolis, MN) 12 Apr. 26/4: The ker-blump of, say, 200 pounds of suet hitting the resined deck is music to my ears.
[US]Edward Gorey ‘The Wuggly Ump’ (poem) [Internet] Across the hills the Wuggly-Ump / is hurtling on! Kerbash! Kerblump!
kerbonk! [bonk n. (1)]

an onomat. term indicating the noise of a solid object hitting (or being hit by) another one.

Albuquerque Jrnl (NM) 25 Dec. 61/3: The steady ker-bonk of a bruised ball thumping on a dirt court.
Barbanne Play Dead Stories Part 27, ‘Long Pigs’ [Internet] Sherry appeared from the left and found me ready for the cook pot. ‘EEEEEEEEEEKKK!!!’ She shrieked and flapped her hands in very girlie fashion. KERBONK!!!! Sharlene’s club whacked down.
kerbump!

an onomat. term indicating the collision of two hard objects; also as v. to suggest movement entailing a series of collisions.

Raleigh Sentinel (NC) 10 Oct. 3/2: The man upm the tree hung by the limb a second, and then dropper kerbump into the crowd.
[US]Coffeyville Wkly Jrnl (KS) 7 Mar. 7/2: A man may be as full of piety as a Sunday-school book, and still look wicked when he comes down kerbump on an icy sidewalk.
Manhattan Nationalist (KS) 23 Dec. 6/1: I rise and meekly brush my pants / To fall again kerbump.
Caucasian (Shrevepoty, LA) 2 Apr. 5/4: One green motorman let a subway train land at a station with an awful ker-bump. It broke windows, knocked passengers over and caused a mild panic.
[US]N.Y. Tribune 25 July 14/3: The kitten hopped. Ker-biff! Ker-bump! / And off they started with a jump.
[US]Bismarck Trib. (ND) 13 Nov. 6/2: Suddenly the twins were dumped of on the ground, kerbump!
[UK]Oakland Trib. (CA) 5 Nov. 24/4: Uncle Wiggily jumped up in the air [...] and he landed ker-bump in the bushes.
Gaz. & Dly (York, PA) 23 jan. 40/1: And just as he was wondering what would happen next — ker-bump! The snowball went to pieces.
[US]Chicago Trib. 14 Nov. 21/1: Plunk! Gavilan’s left shot to Bratton’s badly swollen eyes. Kerwash! I would land on his nose . . . Kerbump! it would crash against johnny’s jaw.
[US]Star Press (Muncie, IN) 17 Feb. 4/2: Ker-bump! he walked into O Wayne oBtkin [sic] advertising director of the Muncie Star.
[US]Arizona Dly Star (Tucson, AZ) 6 Apr. 68/6: In bad weather Tucson residents go kerthud into endless chuckholes and in better weather they go ker-bump over these same raised chuckholes.
[Can]Ottowa Jrnl 30 July 36/2: Our old house went ‘ker-bump, ker-bump, plonk’ all night long.
Palm Beach Post (FL) 5 Sept. 34/3: Didn’t they ever go ker-bump in a pothole?
Cincinnati Enquirer(OH) 3 Sept. 22/1: The Bengals kerbump from problem to problem, like a blind man in an unfamiliar room.
Chillicothe Gaz. (OH) 2 Nov. B3/5: The worst was watching Artkins, on critches, kerbump from the visitors’ locker room to the team bus.
kerchug! [SE chug]

1. an onomat. term indicating the sound of something falling fast and hard.

Springville Exp. (NY) 18 July 1/1: But, ere you can get it half way up, / Adown he goes ker-chug.
[US]Glasgow Wkly Times (MO) 19 Nov. 1/5: Kerchug! I lit ten foot from the bank at the first jump and had Kate out of thar in no time.
Janesville Wkly Gaz. (WI) 1 July 4/4: The reb says ‘Uncle john, you are nmot going to kill your old master, are you’ ‘Satrin sure I is,’ and kerchug, kerchug went his bayonet through him.
[US]Memphis Dly Appeal (TN) 28 July 3/3: The boys [...] see ther banks cave in, and hear the chunks of levee ho in, ker-chug!
New Ulm Wkly Rev. (Minn.) 13 Aug. 1/5: Dad’s hands slipped off, and down went his fists kerchug into the gravel.
[US]T. Hammond On Board a Whaler 201: Jest as soon as he saw that skin, kerchug went both irons into it.
[US]Commoner (Lincoln, NE) 13 Oct. 1/1: They are worried in Ohio - Herrick will fall down ker-chug!
[US]L.W. Payne Jr ‘Word-List From East Alabama’ in DN III:iv 326: ker-choo, -chug [...] adv. Imitative of the sound made by something falling precipitously into water; also violently, rapidly, precisely, exactly.
Kayti Herald (MO) 11 June 8/6: Some men who pose as high flyers land with a dull, sickening ker-chug.
[US]Eve. Public Ledger (Phila., PA) 7 June 13/2: Folly Wisher tumbled kerchug into a third furry cushion.
News-Messenger (Fremont, OH) 1 Nov. 12/3: His foot slipped and he went into the green water with a ‘kerchung’ like a bull frog landing in a soup kettle.

2. (US) used to indicate the sound of rhythmical noise.

St Paul Dly Globe (Minn.) 10 Apr. 11/6: The kerchug of Benny’s hoofs could no longer be heard.
[US]Citizen (Honesdale, PA) 31 May 2/3: Down she came like a ripe apple. It was a kerchug of a drop.
Phila. Inquirer (PA) 6 June 12/2: I sat [...] listenting to the kerchug kerchug of the old-fashioned register of time.
Quad-City Times (IO) 6 July 3/2: The soft ker-chug ker-chug of a heavy steam crane working.
kerchunk! (also cachunk! cajunk! cashunk! cochunk!) [SE chunk]

an onomat. term indicating the sound of a solid object hitting the ground (occas. the water) or two solid objects colliding.

People’s Press (Wilmington, NC) 22 Apr. 1/5: ‘Jump in,’ says he [...] and in I went kerchunk.
[US]W.T. Porter Big Bear of Arkansas (1847) 124: Chunkey lathered away, and ca chunk! he went into the creek.
Democratic Banner (Pike Cty, Miss) 12 Apr. 1/4: Sally’s bustle busted just as the sermon was done an’ all the corn came out on the floor, cachunk!
[US]W.K. Northall Life and Recollections of Yankee Hill 39: He took me by the coat-collar, and pulled me in kerchunk.
[US]Keowee Courier (Pickens Court hse, SC) 26 Oct. 1/6: Preacher tried to pass Colt, and cowollop, crosh, cochunk! we all cum down like ’simmons arter frost.
J.J. Hooper Adventures of Captain Suggs, etc. 197: They’d hit pretty close by me, ca-junk.
[UK]Exeter & Plymouth Gaz. 5 Apr. 3/1: A body is said to go [...] ‘Kesouse,’ or ‘cachunk’ into water.
[US]Cleveland Morn. Leader (OH) 22 Jun. 3/2: He came down ca-chunk upon the ground.
[US]C.H. Smith Bill Arp 42: Some of them whistling bullets or singing bombs will take my old gizzard, kerchunk.
[US]Schele De Vere Americanisms 188: It is not impossible that the odd expletive kerchunk may be in some vague way associated with the noise caused by the sudden falling of a chunk [Ibid.] 590: Cashunk, with a very slight and indistinct sound of the first syllable, is an exclamation, imitative of a sudden noise, like thump, largely used in New England and the South and West. A purely onomatopoetic word, without original meaning, it has hence but a very uncertain form, and reappears, a very Proteus, in an almost endless variety of sounds and spellings. New England has keshonk and keshwosh, the West, kerchug, kewosh, and cashwash.
Petroleum Centre Daily Record (PA) 27 June 2/2: The waters no longer leap out [...] in wavy films [...] Oh! no — but drops ‘kerchunk’ into the receptacle.
[US]Daily Eve. Bulletin (Maysville, KY) 12 Oct. 2/2: Down he comes wid a kerchunk dat am heard all ober de state.
[UK]Fostorio Democrat 8 Mar. n.p.: The fence broke down, and kerchunk! I went right through the ice all over [F&H].
[US]Sacramento Dly Record-Union (CA) 25 Jan. 3/2: Up jumps another old buck, and — kerchunk!
Dly Morn. Jrnl 4 Dec. 12/4: When in a hurry and when violent you do things kabang, kachunk, kaflop, kaslam.
[US] O. Wister Lin McLean 22: ‘Wheels?’ ‘Don’t yu’ hear ’em?’ said Lin [...] ‘Ker-chunk-a-chunk’s all I make it.’.
[US]Houston Daily Post (TX) 7 Nov. 10/2: Like the small boy falling down stairs ca-chunk, ca-chunk, until he reaches the bottom.
[US]Anderson Intelligencer (SC) 3 Jan. 3/4: It was sent, with increasing speed, back against the train, which it struck ‘Kerchunk’.
[US]L.W. Payne Jr ‘Word-List From East Alabama’ in DN III:iv 326: ker-choo, -chug, -chunk [...] adv. Imitative of the sound made by something falling precipitously into water; also violently, rapidly, precisely, exactly.
[US]S.F. Call 5 Oct. 6/1: A leapfrog spring through the air and both hands come biffing kerchunk on the wall.
[US]Ogden Standard Examiner (UT) 30 Aug. n.p.: It sounded exactly like three ‘kerchunks’ under the mud.
[US]J. Stahl Permanent Midnight 118: Ka-Chunk . . . . The thing exploded off his helmet.
[US]T. Dorsey Florida Roadkill 116: The car began making a ker-chunk noise.
kerdap! [echoic dap]

(US) an onomat. term echoic of something liquid hitting a solid surface or a solid object hitting liquid; also adv.

Montgomery Advertiser (AL) 30 Apr. 14/1: Bunk landed slap kerdap in a mud-hole clost [sic] by.
[US]J.L. Dove ‘Fighting Ben’ in Mss. from the Federal Writers’ Project [Internet] ‘Have you receipts to prove your claim?’ I asked. Yes, jist like this: ‘kerdap,’ she spit at me.
[US](con. 1920s–30s) J.O. Killens Youngblood (1956) 129: A piece of raindrop hit him kerdap on the nose.
Pensacola News (FL) 7 Jan. 21/1: A bunch of ice boxes kerdap full of slab perches.
kerdash! [? SE splash]

(US) an onomat. term indicating the sound of an object hitting a liquid.

Weekly Oregonian 30 June n.p.: The next moment he went kerdash in the water.
[US]Anaconda Standard (MT) 17 Apr. 12/1: Down they went kerdash over the snow-veneered benches of the steep mountain.
kerdiff! [diff, echoic of a sudden noise]

(US) an onomat. term indicating a sudden shock or noise.

[US] ‘Sut Lovengood’s Lizards’ in Olympia (Wash. Territory) Pioneer 26 Feb. n.p.: He wur plum crazy, an’ jumped over the frunt ov the pulpit, rite inter the pins part ov the kongragation, kerdif.
[US]G.W. Harris ‘Sut Lovingood with Old Abe’ Nashville Union and American XXV Mar. in Inge (1967) 266: I sot in tu sleepin in yurnest, when I hearn ‘kerdiff, kerdiff’.
Times-Democrat (New Orleans) 21 July 3/2: I just brought him a side wipe ‘kerdiff’ [...] an’ knocked him about ten foot!
[US]Keowee Courier (Pickens Court Hse, SC) 23 Mar. 1/3: He [...] leaped over the front of the pulp[it, rite inter the middle ove the pious part ove the kongregation kerdiff!
kerdoing! (also gerdoying!) [doing, echoic of a sudden noise]

an onomat. term indicating a sudden noise.

[Aus]Sydney Morn. Herald 21 Feb. 48/4: A sagging bed that says ‘kerdoing’ and ‘kerdoing-a-doing-a-doing’.
S. Chrisomalis Forthright’s Phrontistery [Internet] gerdoying imitation sound of a crash.
posting to www.cyclingforums.com [Internet] First twilight trip out on the Treaty Road, sure enough, along comes Abdul, ready to stick another hated Brit into the soft stuff. Foot down, swerve across the road – KERDOING!! – and Abdule [sic] was crawling out of the wreckage of his beloved truck.
kerflap! [SE flap]

an onomat. term indicating a sudden shock or gesture.

[US]Squatter Sovereign (Atchison, KS) 15 Apr. 1/7: [He] went ker-flap down into the muddy pool.
Wheeling Intelligencer (WV) 2 Sept. 4/6: She fell on the floor kerflap.
[US]S.F. Call 31 Mar. 6/3: He fall in de preacher bag ker-flap.
[US]Ocala Banner (FL) 14 Feb. 3/3: I have an ace up my sleeve which i shall now throw ker-flap upon the table.
[US]L. Pound ‘Dialect Speech in Nebraska’ in DN III:i 62: kaflop, kaflap, or kerflop, kerflap. Intensives. ‘He fell kaflop on the ice.’.
[US]Leavenworth Echo (WA) 23 Feb. 3/3: Just about the time the tree came down kerflap.
[US]Wash. Times (DC) 27 Apr. 18/6: A swift auto-truck sent our hero ker-flap in the gutter.
Courier-Jrnl (Louisville, KY) 25 June 10/4: [He]jumped up and came down kerflap.
[UK]Compleat [sic] Simpleton 1–3 Sept. [Internet] Hitler potato chips cause a flap, Ginger Spice goes kerflap.
kerflip! [SE flip]

an onomat. term indicating the sound of a solid body hitting a soft one or hitting liquid.

[US]Galveston Dly News (TX) 8 Nov. 9/5: Kerflip! I stuck him in de eye.
Dly Commonwealth (Topeka, KS) 3 Mar. 6/2: The Deacon shuffled to the door in his slippers [...] — ker-flip, ker-flap, ker-flip, her-flop’.
Barton Co. Democrat (Great Bend, KS) 2 June 8/2: Kerflip, kerflop!! over he went.
[US]Eaglefield Advertiser (SC) 13 Oct. 4/4: The girl [...] saw her lover coming up the steps — saw him slip — saw him carom kerflip kerflop back to the path below.
[US]Cincinnati Enquirer (OH) 11 Sept. 6/3: Ovah she go, kerflip! — kerflop!
Times Herald (Olean, NY) 25 Apr. 22/8: Ker-flip! ker-flop! down they will go to the bottom.
T.S. Eliot Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats [Internet] Growltiger to his vast surprise was forced to walk the plank / He who a hundred victims had driven to that drop / At the end of all his crimes was forced to go kerflip kerflop.
[US]L.A. Times 30 Mar. 62/2: On gal fell down, kerflip! ker-flop! ker-klunk!
Eugene Guard (OR) 13 June 8/3: Kerflip. Over went the hour hand.
Snuffy Smith 9 Oct. [synd. cartoon] Elviney wuz runnin’ acrost th’ footlog to tell ye so,me gossip, Aunt Loweezy, an’ kerflip!! She fell off th’ footlog?
[UK]Guardian Weekend 24 Apr. 23/2: [The fish] comes, kerflip, keflop, straight from Newlyn.
kerflooey! (also gaflooey! kablooey!) [flooey! excl.]

an onomat. term indicating a sudden explosion.

[US]Kinsley Graphic (KS) 10 June 1/2: It looked for a while as if it was going to be as good or better, when all at once ‘Ker-flooey’.
[US]O.R. Cohen ‘Forbidden Fruit’ Breezy Stories Jan. [Internet] All that until Alice Dorrance came into his life. Then—gaflooey!
Little Rock Dly News (AR) 31 July 3/1: ‘Levi’s’ furnishings, silver, china, etc., are missing — lost — kerflooey!
[US]Thacker Pawn 81: Mines. Kablooey! [HDAS].
[US]Time Trax (TV series): I’ll never forget that explosion! Kablooey! [HDAS].
Honolulu Star-Bull. 22 Feb. [Internet] It’s the kind of place where you’d do best by sticking with the basics. Go exploring and you'll likely trip some mines. Kablooey!
kerflop! [SE flop]

an onomat. term indicating the sound of a solid body hitting a soft one or hitting liquid.

[UK]Westmorland Gaz. 7 May 3/2: The blood-hound got him by the throat and brought him to the ground (as a red-headed Hoosier expressied it), ‘Ker-flop!’.
Louisville Dly Courier (KY) 5 May 3/5: Down went henry on the criminal bench ‘kerflop’ like a wet dish-rag.
[UK]Leeds Times 30 May 6/2: Jist as I was takin’ a peep, my foot slipped and i come kerflop, head and tail.
[US]F. Francis Jr Saddle and Mocassin n.p.: He at last brought the whole tautological string down kerfloop, full and fairly, upon the devoted crown of his auditor [F&H].
Dly Commonwealth (Topeka, KS) 3 Mar. 6/2: The Deacon shuffled to the door in his slippers [...] — ker-flip, ker-flap, ker-flip, her-flop’.
Dly Morn. Jrnl 4 Dec. 12/4: When in a hurry and when violent you do things kabang, kachunk, kaflop, kaslam.
[US]L. Pound ‘Dialect Speech in Nebraska’ in DN III:i 62: kaflop, kaflap, or kerflop, kerflap. Intensives. ‘He fell kaflop on the ice.’.
[US]N.Y. Globe 28 July in Fleming Unforgettable Season (1981) 142: Larry [...] came down kerflop, and then arose.
[UK]Daily Press (Newport News, VA) 4 Oct. 5/2: Roll, an’ she roll, twell she come to de top an’ / Ovah she go ’ kerflip, kerflop!
[US]Capt. Billy’s Whiz Bang Aug. 11: She tried to stop, she fell derflop [sic].
[US]C. Sandburg ‘Crazy Song’ Amer. Songbag 342: I fell kerflop in a barber shop.
[US]H. Harrison Bill [...] on the Planet of Robot Slaves (1991) 30: Ka-flop! went the garbage.
kerflunk! (also ker-phunk!) [echoic flunk]

an onomat. term indicating something solid falling to the ground.

[US]Burlington Free Press (VT) 20 June 4/2: The flesh tore out from the great strain and kerflunk, down went the bight of the chain.
[US]Tennessean (Nashville, TN) 25 Jan. 12/3: I dropped the ice, ‘kerflunk,’ right in the lake.
[US]Topeka State Jrnl (KS) 26 Aug. 7/6: What should the little devil do but [...] send Polly a-shootin’ up in the air, and come down kerflunk [...] in the middle of a sand bed.
L.A. TImes 4 May 38/3: She walked off a platform [...] and fell kerflunk into the pitiless waters of Puget Sound.
[US]Kennewick Courier (WA) 24 Nov. 6/2: He was silently meandering homeward [...] when all at once he stubbed his toe — yes’m stubbed his toe an’ fell down, ker-phunk!
Statesville Record (NC) 12 July 8/5: Crash, jingle, kerflunk went the glass.
Weimar Mercury (TX) 19 July 7/6: Then the transportation concern go ‘kerflunk’ just when you were getting started.
[US]Abilene Reporter-News (TX) 21 Oct. 30/6: A windstorm blew down the derrick and the stock company went kerflunk.
Courier-Jrnl (Louisville, KY) 4 July 60/2: He spread out his arms, dived, and landed kerflunk in the [...] grass.
Courier-Jrnl (Louisville, KY) 18 Dec. 36/1: Kerflunk! Another record bites the dust!
Florence Morn. News (SC) 6 Apr. 24/2: The elctricity goes kerflunk on the appliance that’s your tried-and-true stand-by in the kitchen.
Webster Progress-Times (Eupora, MS) 8 May 13/3: Thinks are looking up a little since the TV went kerflunk.
[US]Times (Munster, IN) 19 Mar. 15/1: The ultramodern computerized baggage system went kerflunk! kerflooey!
‘Woodie’ Dr Karl’s Self Service Science 27 Mar. posting [Internet] PUHLEEZ... Sissy **BLUSH** Oh I’m shocked!! Ohh... Oh.... **fan face** KERFLUNK.... **faint**.
kerplooey! [echoic plooey; var. on kerflooey ]

an onomat. term indicating the noise made by the explosion of something soft and messy, e.g. a large fruit or a living body; often used fig. for any form of collapse.

Minneapolis Star (MN) 30 Dec. 13/6: I get these kids [...] I get them in a game and kerplooey — they’re awful.
Wilmington News-Jrnl 2 Oct. 4/2: All the lights going out, ker-plooey.
[US]New Castle News (PA) 6 July 24/4: [headline] What Happens When Everything Goes ‘Kerplooey’ All At Once?
Jrnl News (White Plains, NY) 29 Nov. 14/5: ‘How come since you found God your career went kerplooey?’.
Quad-City Times (Davenport, IA) 27 June 24/2: Then, ker-plooey! — the 26-pound drop [i.e. in water pressure].
Hartford Courant (CT) 4 Jan. E3/25: It is demoralizing when such an enrgetic [...] function goes kerplooey.
Pittsburgh Post-Gaz. (PA) 24 Aug. E5/4: Zimmerman [...] felt his left knee go kerplooey.
‘Spooky’ ‘Haunted’ Virtual X-Files Season 9, Episode 5 [Internet] ‘I was just going to turn it off – then kerplooey.’ ‘Kerplooey?’ That eyebrow was raised just so, just the way he liked it. ‘Yes, Scully. Kerplooey. Ka-blam. As in blown to smithereens. Etcetera, etcetera.’.
News-Press (Fort Myers, FL) 30 June A25/2: The air conditioner went kerplooey.
kerplop! [SE plop]

an onomat. term indicating the sound of a solid body hitting or falling, usu. into liquid, or of a bubble bursting in liquid; also as v.

Eve. Chron. (Charlotte, NC) 13 Sept. 5/2: ‘Kerplop’ a rock hit the door.
[US]Logan Republican (UT) 15 Aug. 6/4: She went with a kerplop into water two feet deep.
[US]Tomahawk (Becker Co., Minn.) 23 Dec. 3/3: Santa Claus would [...] kick a lever and down would drop a doll, ker-plop.
[UK]Oakland Trib. (CA) 13 Oct. 51/1: I ran right between the man’s legs and, kerplop, down he went.
Olean Times-Herald (NY) 26 Feb. 4/8: They had unintentionally ‘scooted’ into the school and landed ‘kerplop’ [...] on the violin.
Battle Creek Enquirer (MI) 10 Sept. 13/5: Gates hit Ferrazza kerplop in he nose and he went down.
[US]‘Iceberg Slim’ Mama Black Widow 81: His shoes hit the floor, kerplop.
[US]News (Frederick, MD) 16 Aug. 2/2: [He] plummeted — with a large kerplop — into the river.
[US]Palm Beach Post (FL) 23 Feb. D6/6: I hear the music playing at the party’s end. I hear salaries kerplopping on the dance floor.
[US]Times (Munster, IN) 12 June 6/2: 139 [planes] were reported lost of Florida [...] Those are a lot of planes to go kerplop.
Desert Sun (Palm Springs, CA) 26 June F12/3: Kerplop, plop, wiz, fizz oh what a mess it is. Yes the pet has pooped.
Star Trib. (MN) 11 June G5/1: There I was, hurtling down a neon green waterslide [...] until — kerplop! — into the nippy exit pool I went.
kerplump! [echoic plump]

an onomat. term indicating the sound of a solid body hitting a soft surface; occas. as v. (see cites 1921, 1922, 1963).

[US]Petroleum Centre Dly Record (PA) 13 Feb. 2/1: .
[US]Omaha Daily Bee (NE) 10 Apr. 7/4: She’d tumble kerplump and stop the show dead.
[US]Wichita Dly Eagle (KS) 3 May 4/4: The manuscript went kerplump into the waste basket.
[US]Wichita Dly Eagle (KS) 19 July 12/3: A rocket him him. Swish! Kerplump — through that hole in his hat.
[US]Nat. Tribune (DC) 13 Apr. 7/3: He came down kerplump on an old rotten-joisted handstand.
Bemidji Dly Pioneer (Minn.) 2 Jan. 6/6: Albin stepped in a hole, kerplump.
[US]Eve. World (NY) 3 Apr. 24/2: To have a lady, big and fat, kerplump down in my lap.
[US]Eve. World (NY) 31 July 20/1: Our heart kerplumps and bucks and jumps.
[US]D. Runyon ‘Breach of Promise’ Runyon on Broadway (1954) 27: He [...] kisses her ker-plump right on the smush.
Lansing State Jrnl (MI) 20 Aug. 8/1: Kerplump all went to the [...] bolshevik end of the bag.
[US]Marion Star (OH) 27 Dec. 6/6: Turn off a clogged artery, shoot down a sidestreet — kerplump — into the water.
Eugene Guard (OR) 31 Aug. 1/2: One of them, a nondescript animal, [...] kerplumps into the water.
Indianapolis News 21 Nov. 27/4: He could hear the ‘kerplump’ when the casket was lowered into the hole.
kerplumpus! (also kerlumpus) [ext. of kerplump! ]

an onomat. term indicating the sound of a solid body hitting a soft surface.

[US]W.C. Hall ‘Mike Hooter’s Bar Story’ Spirit of the Times 26 Jan. (N.Y.) 581: He cussed ’nuff to send twenty preachers like old Joe Slater an’ Parson Holcom, an’ them kind er Judases, right kerlumpus into hell!
T.A. Burke Polly Peasblossom’s Wedding 52: He cussed nuff to send twenty preachers ker-plumpus into h—.
kerpoomph! [echoic poomph]

an onomat. term indicating the sound of a solid body hitting a soft surface.

[US]J. Stahl Permanent Midnight 119: I picked up another [lump of earth], hurled this one at his stomach. Ka-poomph!

In exclamations

ka-rank!

(US) an onomat. term indicating a solid noise that is regular and repetitive.

A.D. Foster Aliens 231: Somewhere in the distance a massive mechanical arm or piston was going ka-rank, ka-rank.
kershewey! [? Jesus]

(US) a euph. interj., the equivalent of by Christ or by Jesus.

[US]G.L. Cohen Studies in Sl. Pt 1 9: Kershewey (questionnaire: Alabama) ‘Kershewey, it’s hot!’.
kerslam! [SE slam]

an onomat. term indicating a sudden noise or action.

N.O. Crescent (New Orleans) 4 Oct. 2/5: Some had it that the pediment [...] had walked off from its high perch, and landed on the other side of the street — ‘kerslam!’.
Columbia Democrat (PA) 31 May 1/2: The old mare gave an awful jump and Angeline and I [...] went right out of the wagon kerslam.
[US]Watchman & Southron (Sumter, SC) 11 Apr. 1/6: The glass shutters [...] fell down, kerslam.
L.A. Daily Herald 11 Mar. 8/2: Clang, clang [...] kerflap, kerslam [...] rang the big and small bell.
Dly Morn. Jrnl 4 Dec. 12/4: When in a hurry and when violent you do things kabang, kachunk, kaflop, kaslam.
F.T. Bullen The Way they have in the Navy 52: Down came the bunch of sacks kerslam on the deck below.
[US]Daily Public Ledger (Maysville, KY) 1/1: Out comes ’Liza’s broom kerslam!
[US]L.W. Payne Jr ‘Word-List From East Alabama’ in DN III:iv 326: ker-choo, -chug, [...] ker-slam, adv. Imitative of the sound made by something falling precipitously into water; also violently, rapidly, precisely, exactly.
[US]J. London Valley of the Moon (1914) 210: Biff! Bang! Bingo! Swat! Zooie! Ker-slambango-blam!
[US]Eve. Public Ledger (Phila., PA) 7 June 13/2: At the same moment Billy came down kerslam on a second furry cushion.
Courier-Jrnl (Louisville, KY) 17 Nov. sect. 3 8/5: Bang! there goes the door kerslam!
Lubbock Morn. Avalanche (TX) 24 June 8/5: Fate is kicking him ker-slam in the pants.
[US]Kinmundy Exp. (IL) 8 Aug. 2/2: I went down kerslam, by golly.
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) 9 Nov. 5/3: kerslam! Sparks flew, the hammer lifted and there was the finished article.
[US]Arizona Republican (Phoenix, AZ) 3 May AD6/4: Here came the pitch: ker-slam! the ball was smacked way out there .
kerslap! (also kerslop!) [SE slap]

an onomat. term indicating a sudden noise or, usu., action.

[Ire]Cork Examiner 9 Jan. 4/5: He went upon deck, sluff, scuff [...] kerslap, those slippers were in active motion.
[US]Glasgow Wkly Times (MO) 17 May 1/7: She quickly raised it on high, and bro’t it down ‘kerslap’ upon my cheek.
[US] ‘How Sally Hooter Got Snake-Bit’ in T.A. Burke Polly Peablossom’s Wedding 74: When I gives the word, then you give him er jerk, and send him kerslap up agin that tree.
[US]‘Artemus Ward’ Artemus Ward, His Book 31: Other peple was sinful as they could be, but Shakers was all right. Shakers was all goin kerslap to the Promist Land.
M. Holley My Opinions and Betsey Bobbet’s 99: I fell kerslap over a rail that lay in the grass.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 2 Apr. 9/1: Elizaberth and ‘brothers four’ have gone ‘ker-slap’ to the promised land.
[US]Nat. Republican (DC) 19 May 4/5: When Randall says that the cradle must drap [sic] / Down comes Boss Morrison’s baby kerslap.
[Aus]Dead Bird (Sydney) 27 July 6/4: £50 went kerslop over that heat alone.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 5 July 12/4: In fact, the crown of martyrdom she was so eager to clutch is a most commonplace affair, and she has come down kerslap from her heroics.
[UK]G.R. Sims ‘How to Write a Novel’ Dagonet Ditties 123: But just as his lordship assumes the black cap, / You come to a startling dénouement, ker-slap.
[US]S.F. Call 10 Feb. 6/5: And that’s down to zero — kerslap!
[US]Bourbon News (Paris, KY) 10 July 7/1: He flopped over the eave [...] an’ then hit the ground kerslap.
[US]L.W. Payne Jr ‘Word-List From East Alabama’ in DN III:iv 326: ker-choo, -chug [...] ker-slam, ker-slap, adv. Imitative of the sound made by something falling precipitously into water; also violently, rapidly, precisely, exactly.
[US]Sun (NY) 28 Feb. 8/3: ‘Kerslap,’ said the gavel, and it was all over.
[US]Morn. Tulsa Dly World (OK) 14 Dec. 4/3: The goddess smiled and then, kerslap! / She dropped her favor in his lap.
[US]Chicago Trib. 5 Oct. 26/3: [D]e breeze mek dat apple drap; / H’it fall an’ smack Paddy kerslap in de eye.
Ottowa Jrnl 26 Sept. 13/2: [Her] brought it down kerslap on the water.
Santa cruz Sentinel (CA) 22 Aug. 4/3: The destoyer escort pauses on the top of a mountainous swell before she goes ‘kerslap’ in a trugh.
kerslash!

an onomat. term indicating movement through a liquid or occas. soft substance, or the falling of a solid object into such a substance.

[US]W.T. Thompson Major Jones’s Courtship (1872) 46: Before I had time to breathe, kerslash I went, right in the cold water.
West. Reserve Chron. (Warren, OH) 10 Oct. 1/7: The next minit, kerslash, he went into the water.
Buffalo Commercial (NY) 27 June 4/7: The pumas’d a finished you off kerslash if you’d been fit to eat .
[US]Cincinnati Dly Star (OH) 19 June 1/4: ‘Kerslash,’ dilly, buggy and occupants all went to grass in a heap.
Topeka State Jrnl (Topeka, KS) 21 Aug. 4/3: He [...] let the whole thing fall o him, kerslash.
[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues IV 93/2: Kerslash, Kerslosh, Kerswosh.
[US]Wichita Daily Eagle (KS) 17 May 7/5: Kerslash! Biff! A dull thud and then silence.
[US]St Louis Republican (MO) 3 Mar. 50/4: Down comes the ding’d thing [...] kerslash, right on top o’ me.
Desseret Eve. News (Salt Lake City, UT) 16 Sept. 5/6: Each slider slid ‘kerslash’ into eight feet of water at the bottom of the descent.
Burlington Weekly Free Press (VT) 29 Nov. 10/2: I’ve heard our forbears further back / Would take a sickle and —kerslash / The corn fell right and left, kerwhack.
Jrnl. Gaz. (Mattoon, IL) 25 oct. 4/2: [advert] Kersmash, Kerslash goes the high prices. Our two leading wholesale tailors have cut prices almost to ‘dead-center’.
kerslesh! [SE slash]

(US) an onomat. term indicating movement at speed.

T.A. Burke Polly Peasblossom’s Wedding 52: Thar was one of the etarnalest whollopin’ bars cummin crack, crack, through the cane, an’ kerslesh over the creek, an’ stopped right plumb slap up whar Ike’s gun was.
kerslosh! (also ca-slosh! co-slush! kerslush! kersplosh! kerswash! kerswosh! kerwosh!) [SE slosh/slush/wash]

an onomat. term indicating movement through a liquid or occas. soft substance, or the falling of a solid object into such a substance.

[US]W.T. Thompson Major Jones’s Courtship (1872) 105: The fust thing he knowed, kerslosh he went, rite into a big tub mor’n half full of cold water.
[US]R. Carlton New Purchase I 268: In he splash’d kerslush, like a hurt buffalo bull.
[US]W.T. Thompson Major Jones’s Sketches of Travel 64: I jerked the ladel, what was already runnin’ over, towards the middle spout, when kerslosh went the water all over my feet.
[US]J.R. Lowell Biglow Papers (1880) 92: The kiver-hinge-pin bein’ lost, tea-leaves an’ tea an’ kiver! / ’ould all come down kerswosh! ez though the dam broke in a river.
[US] ‘How Mike Hooter Came Very Near “Wolloping” Arch Coony’ in T.A. Burke Polly Peablossom’s Wedding 152: The fust thing I know’d I went kerswash into the drink!
J.J. Hooper Tales of Alabama 95: [There was] the durndest ca-slosh on t’other side o’ the horse, that you ever heered!
[US]M.J. Holmes Tempest and Sunshine 2: For a spell you can get on right smart, but then, again, you’ll go in co-slush!
[US]C.H. Smith Bill Arp 129: I found a gully at last, and I rolld in kersplosh, for it was about two feet in mud and water.
[US]Highland Wkly News (Hillsboro, OH) 28 Jan. 3/2: Bill was kerryin’ a bucket of dirt to the crick, an’ just ez he got there his foot slipped in, an’ he went kerslosh.
[UK]G.A. Sala in Living London (1883) Mar. 78: Finally there is ‘kerwosh,’ which occurs in his Excellency the American Minister’s line: ‘They all come down kerwosh! ez tho’ the dam broke into a river.’.
[US]Sacramento Daily-record Union (CA) 9 Oct. 1/7: Some run, some backed into the creek ker-slosh.
Hocking Sentinel (Logan, OH) 17 May 3/4: His feet flew from under him, letting his body fall with a dull, sickening kerslush into the smeary depths of a large kettle of quince butter.
[US]Anaconda Standard (Mont.) 16 Jan. 6/1: Up comes there ’ere fish clean out o’ the water an’ back agin kerslosh.
[US]L.A. Times 26 Jan. 9/1: The ride from the city [...] during such weather [...] behind a single horse which makes a steady ‘ker-splosh’ through the ankle deep mud.
[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues IV 93/2: Kerslash, Kerslosh, Kerswosh.
[US]Anderson Intelligencer (Anderson Court Hse, SC) 11 Oct. 7/1: he peered ahead through the rain, which was now coming down ‘kersplosh’.
[US]Valentine Democrat (NE) 13 Sept. 7/4: ‘Kerslosh’ went the bucket in the chill water.
[US]L.W. Payne Jr ‘Word-List From East Alabama’ in DN III:iv 326: ker-choo, -chug [...] ker-slam, ker-slap, ker-slosh, adv. Imitative of the sound made by something falling precipitously into water; also violently, rapidly, precisely, exactly.
[US]Sun (NY) 1 Aug. 15/3: Then suddenly ‘bang!’ like a gun it went and ‘kersplosh’ it come.
[US]News-Herald (Hillsboro, OH) 28 Dec. 6/2: I [...] knocked him plum off his hoss down ther bank, kerslush inter ther water.
[Aus]C.J. Dennis ‘The Kid’ Songs of a Sentimental Bloke 105: An’ then, I seen a great big drop roll down / An’ fall – kersplosh!-fair on ’is nibs’s crown.
[US]El Paso Herald (TX) 24 Apr. 6/1: Let us [...] wade in the gore, kerslosh, up to our waists and shoulders.
[Aus]G.H. Lawson Dict. of Aus. Words And Terms [Internet] KERSPLOSH—To fall heavily.
Cinxcinnati Enquirer (OH) 16 July sect. 3 2: [picture caption] kersplosh is the watchward at Cincinnati’s pools these days.
Hartford Courant (CT) 9 Jan. Mag. 8/5: Kersplash! The canoe rolled over as I leaned to net the fish.
[Aus]Sydney Morn. Herald 29 Jan. Playtime 1/5: Ker-Splosh! The soft peach went all over Sally.
[Aus]D. O’Grady A Bottle of Sandwiches 85: Plonk—ker-splosh— straight in. Disappeared.
[US]News-Press (Fort Myers, FL) 23 Oct. 13/1: Kersplosh...schlopp...yechhhhh! You’ve heard of mudpacks for beautiful faces?
Northwest Herald (Woodstock, IL) 23 Feb. 23/1: Kersplosh! The unsuspecting foot goes in right up to its ankle.
[UK]Guardian 16 Aug. 19/1: Kersplosh into the briny.
Orlando Seninel (FL) 1 Oct. Orange Extra 1/2: Kersplosh! The first time Ken Kroeber tried out his invention, he sank his boat.
kerslump!

(US) an onomat. term indicating a sudden collapse.

Jeffersonian (Stroudberg, PA) 6 Nov. 1/5: All out of doors should [...] slide down the greased plank of ancestral delinquency kerp-lump in the broad Savannars.
[US]Fayetteville Obs. (TN) 5 June 4/2: An’ throwed the bluddy British lion / Ker-slump upon his knees.
[US]Charleston Dly News (SC) 3 July 3/3: [The] American eagle that flowed across the seas., / And brought the British lion kerslump upon his knees.
Wilkes-Barre Semi-Wkly Record (PA) 26 July 3/5: ‘Kerslump,’ a boy in the water.
[US]Brooklyn Dly Eagle (NY) 18 Mar. 6/2: The head had fallen kerslump upon the floor.
Brooklyn Life (NY) 4 Dec. 22/1: Clutching the ball with both hands, I landed kerslump upon my elbows.
[US]N.Y. Times 9 Mar. 8/7: Oh, the things that we said, and the sighs that were shed, / As the points fell ker-slump to the bottom.
[US]L.A. Times 5 Oct. 20/1: The ‘various parties’ may go kerslump into the river if they do not look a little out.
Advocate-Messenger (Danville, KY) 20 June 4/7: [advert] When your feelings are ging Kerflunk and the whole days is going Kerslump, just get a saucer of Lampton’s good ice cream.
Rochester Democrat (NY) 23 Apr. 18A/3: Him try to run or maybe jump, / And tumble in a heap, kerslump.
kerslung! (also kerslunge!) [echoic]

an onomat. term indicating a sudden movement.

[US] Oregon Weekly Times 12 May n.p.: Ker-slung ! he went into the kreek, and I seed the water fly.
Morristown Gaz. (TN) 30 Apr. 1/2: She would rise and come down with a fearful ker-slunge; her feet flying up.
[US]Yorkville Enquirer (SC) 27 Nov. 1/2: ‘Kerslunge intu the crick he went’.
kersmack! [smack v. (2)]

an onomat. term indicating a sudden movement or a sharp blow.

[UK]Wrexham Advertiser 18 Nov. 3/5: He’s [i.e. John Bull] glad to tread a peaceful track / Till others hit him fist, ker-smack!
[US]Democrat 31 May 2/1: The operators [...] are coming over to Clarke County and sink a well right kersmack in the middle of it [DA].
kersmash! (also ca-smash! co-smash!) [SE smash]

an onomat. term indicating a sudden crash or collision.

[US]‘Jonathan Slick’ High Life in N.Y. II 63: It was lucky the curtain went down ca-smash as it did.
[US]F.M. Whitcher Widow Bedott Papers (1883) 26: I s’pose ’twouldent a killed him if it hadent a ben for his comin’ kersmash onto a jug.
[US]M.L. Byrn Adventures of Fudge Fumble 79: we all went co-smash, rug, chug, changle, over to the bottom of the stairs.
[UK]Bristol Mercury 12 Feb. 6/2: One of ’em allus falls kersmash on de sidewalk.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 10 Feb. 24/4: At the Melbourne A.N.A. sports on Friday night, when a push was going Sheol for hides in a lightning heat, ker-smash went a batch of competitors at a bad end, and for half a second the air was full of crumpled riders and crippled machines and tyres and spokes.
[UK]J. Ware Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era 162/1: ‘Ker’ is also frequently used before words implying movement, as kersmash, kerbang, kerash (crash), kerflummux, kerslap.
Jrnl. Gaz. (Mattoon, IL) 25 oct. 4/2: [advert] Kersmash, Kerslash goes the high prices. Our two leading wholesale tailors have cut prices almost to ‘dead-center’.
[UK]Dundee Courier 11 Jan. 4/2: ’Tis said before the fall of Rome the family went kersmash, / that wife wouldn’t stay at home to cook the spuds and hash.
[US]S. King Gerald’s Game (1993) 292: Same old ker-smash.
kerslock!

(US) an onomat. term indicating a suddent blow.

A. Baer Speaking of Weddings 6 Aug. [synd. col.] They get wedded in a shooting gallery [...] Bang, bang, bang! Zowie! Kersock!
kersouse! (also kasouse! kesouse!) [SE souse]

an onomat. term indicating a fall into liquid.

Asheville Messenger (NC) 30 Sept. 3/4: But soon he slips, and then ker-souse, / His head and shoulders goes in.
[US]Knickerbocker (N.Y.) xxxix Jan. 109: Here lies John Bean, who from a house / Into a cistern fell ker-souse.
[US] T. Haliburton Americans at Home I 278: The dug-out hadn’t more’n leaped six lengths from the bank afore — sip — chug — co-souse I went .
[UK]Exeter & Plymouth Gaz. 5 Apr. 3/1: A body is said to go [...] ‘Kesouse,’ or ‘cachunk’ into water.
Troy Herald (Troy, MO) 11 Feb. 2/5: All at once ‘kersouse’[the child] goes into a mudhole.
[US]Eve. Gaz. Pittston, PA) 29 Aug. 3/2: Sam went kersouse into the cistern.
[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues.
Buffalo Commercial (NY) 16 Feb. 5/3: The kick of the gun knocked the man kersouse into the lake.
[US]Eve. Public Ledger (Phila., PA) 24 July 22/8: Peggy and Billy went kersouse into the water.
[US]Orlando Sentinel (FL) 10 Apr. 8/1: Once more he went kersouse! into the pool.
Lansing State Jrnl (MI) 26 Aug. 2/6: It went down with a kersouse! or sound to that effect.
kersplash! (also kersplosh!) [SE splash]

an onomat. term indicating a fall into liquid.

[US]Brooklyn Dly Eagle (NY) 24 Aug. 4/1: Tumble ober mill-dam, / Come down kersplash.
[US]Chicago Trib. 26 Mar. 8/4: The words used to describe certain conditions are very numerous , and much more forcible than elegant [...] kersplash, kerflop, kerflummux, kerflounder kerscrush, kersplit, etc .
[US]J.C. Harris Uncle Remus (2002) 187: He’d foller alter, en slide down inter de water — kersplash!
[US]Nebraska State Jrnl (Lincoln, NE) 28 July 4/3: Let the rain come down ker-splash.
Western Field mag. 650: He trips an’ goes in among ther float ice kersplash!
[US]Overland Monthly (CA) LXI 261: He [...] clutched at the air with a convulsive movement, and kersplash into the grass and weeds and scummy water [he] went.
H.G. Wells Things to Come 96: Can I go when I grow up? And see the other side of the moon! And plump back ker-splosh! into the sea!
M. Gilbert Blood and Judgment 59: The boat hit the surface with a solid ker-splash.
B. Peet Hubert’s Hair-Raising Adventure 2: He leaped in kersplash! with a shower of bubbles.
L. Rooke Shakespeare’s Dog 109: I went dog-eagled off cliff and out over water to land splat and kersplash.
W.C. Lichfield Bear Stories 22: Kersplash! He hit the edge of the lake in about fifty feet of water.
kersplat! [splat! excl.]

an onomat. term indicating a fall onto a soft surface, esp. with concomitant mess, e.g. a stunt-man’s dive into a stall of soft fruit and vegetables.

[US]H. Harrison Bill [...] on the Planet of Robot Slaves (1991) 30: Ker-splat! went the space tug.
[UK]Guardian 18 May [Internet] Bang! Crash! Kersplat! The sound of brandished zimmer frames and the communal tea tray being hurled across the patio was echoing around the Old Trafford OAP’s home today.
[UK]Observer 13 Apr. 7/4: Threats of violence [...] can be leavened if made cartoonish with ‘biff,’ ‘blam,’ [and] ‘kersplat’.
kerswallop! (also cawhallop! kerwallop!) [echoic]

(US) an onomat. term indicating a fall or flop.

[US]Nashville Union & American (TN) 18 May 2/3: Sure enough cawhallop they came together, and slap-dash the whole on ’em fell flat [...] on the floor.
[US]Knickerbocker (N.Y.) xlviii (Dec.) 616: A dainty pretty face at my elbow burst into tears, and fell down ker-swallop, back on the cushions.
[US]Eve. World (NY) 3 Apr. n.p.: The two little French girls went ker-whallop down into the terrible pond.
[US]St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO) 20 July 28/7: Cachunk [...] variants are cashwash, cawhalux, chewallop, casouse, cathump, katouse [...] kelumpus, kerswallop, kerplinkety-plump and kerblam.
[US]Bayler & Carnes Last Man Off Wake Island 300: Kerwallop on the ground.
kerswash! (also ca-swash!) [echoic]

an onomat. term indicating a collision or crash, esp. of one object falling on top of another.

[US]‘Jonathan Slick’ High Life in N.Y. II 67: It [a posy] fell ca-swash right down to Miss Elssler’s feet.
[UK]Traits of Amer. Humour 59: The first thing I knowed, I went kerswash into the drink [F&H].
[US]Orangeburg News (SC) 2 Jan. 1/4: The venerable man cum down on the floor kerswash!
[US]Iola Register (KS) 19 Aug. 3/3: He jest tumbled plum over backwards, ’n kep rollin’ on down till he landed kerswash into a deep hole.
[US]Houston Daily Post (TX) 19 Dec. 21/5: In almost the twinkling of an eye the sled [...] went ‘kerswash’ up against a big metal gate.
[US]Eve. World (NY) 12 Jan. 13/2: The old kind, when hit, went down ker-swash, and the new kind goes down ker-chug.
kerswop! [echoic]

an onomat. term indicating a fall into liquid.

[US]Harper’s Mag. 318/2: In his eagerness to grasp a magnificent lily, [he] was plunged ‘ker swop!’ [...] to the muddy bottom of the lake [DA].
kerthud! [SE thud]

an onomat. term indicating the dull noise of a solid object landing on a solid surface.

[US]Arizona Dly Star (Tucson, AZ) 6 Apr. 68/6: In bad weather Tucson residents go kerthud into endless chuckholes and in better weather they go ker-bump over these same raised chuckholes.
Cirrocco Cirrocco.com 20 Aug. [Internet] ‘So, how did this place get the name Bridgestone?’ *BUMPITY BUMP BUMP BUMPITY BUMP BUMP**KERTHUD** ‘[...] I say it’s because they took a stone bridge, hacked it into huge chunks and used it to ‘pave’ the road.’ [...] *THUD BUMP THUD KERTHUD THUD BUMPITY*.
kerthump! [SE thump]

an onomat. term indicating a sudden dull noise.

South-Western (Shreveport, LA) 8 Nov. 1/5: I jumped away with a shreek [sic], and then fell kerthump.
Union-Leader (Wilkes-Barre, PA) 22 Mar. 1/2: [The limb] broke with him an’ let him down kerthump to the ground.
E. Eggleston Graysons 92: [...] head up an’ never ketchin’ sight ’va stump tell he ’s fell over it, kerthump, head over heels.
[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues IV 93/2: Kerthump.
[US]Holt Co. Sentinel (Oregon, MO) 31 May 6/2: The elephant [...] bangs right on through, kerthump, into the hole.
[UK]Oakland Trib. (CA) 3 Dec. 5/4: He came down hard, ker-thump.
[US]L.A. Times 5 Sept. 21/4: Bump, bump, she fell and rolled, thump, thump, kerthump.
Star-Trib. (MN) 9 Sept. 13/2: He heard a loud ker-thump. [...] there was Kirk flat on his back and out colder than a blonde’s heart.
[US]Tennessean (Nashville, TN) 13 Feb. 16/4: The senators sat down, kerthump.
[US]Detroit Free Press (MI) 13 Oct. 40: [pic. caption] One enthusiastic miss tossed her ‘stick’ too far. It came down ‘ker-thump’ on the head of an unlucky bandsman.
Charleston Dly Mail (WV) 10 Feb. 9/6: [pic. caption] Kerthump! One motorist said it felt like he bounced off the river bottom.
News-Press (Fort Myers, FL) 26 July 20/2: Everyone was sitting around [...] until they heard things upstairs going ker-thump.
[US]L.A. Times 2 Apr. part 1 2/6: The eagle’s lunch — either a cod or a salmon — landed [...] with a loud ker-thump.
R. Pickard ‘Romance at Zelbit’s Diner’ Death Quaker’s Realm [Internet] Zed’s small green dot heart went kerthump-kerthump.
kerumph! (also kerump!) [echoic]

an onomat. term indicating an exclamation or sudden shock.

[UK]‘Ford Madox Ford’ Man Could Stand Up 164: And . . . Kerumph . . . the wagons of coal would fly over until we recalled our planes and all went to sleep.
Racecar.co.uk [Internet] LAMBORGHINI DIABLO [...] It starts with a ‘kerumph’ as the twelve cylinders fire.
UltraM2000 ‘Cadet Hoshi’, GProject [Internet] Hoshi finally screwed up enough courage to peek through her fingers. She winced; Strafe was taking quite a beating. ‘I can’t look,’ she groaned softly. ‘WAAAAAAAAARRRRGHHH!!!’ ‘Commander, DUCK!!!’ ‘OOF!’ KERUMP!!!
kerwallux! (also cawhalux!) [SE wallop]

(US) an onomat. term indicating the sound of a slap or a box on the ear.

[US]Bartlett Dict. Americanisms (2nd edn) 73: I haven’t got no time before, cawhalux! someone took me on the right side o’ the head with a dratted big book.
kerwhacko!

an onomat. term indicating the sound of a sudden blow.

[US]Burlington Wkly Free Press (VT) 29 Nov. 10/2: I’ve heard our forbears further back / Would take a sickle and —kerslash / The corn fell right and left, kerwhack.
[US]J. Archibald ‘No Place Like Homicide’ in Popular Detective Apr. [Internet] Kerwhacko! Willie sighed and sank down on his knees.
kerwhackety! [SE whack/racket]

an onomat. term indicating noisy, stumbling, erratic progress.

[US]G.L. Cohen Studies in Sl. Pt 1 12: ker-whackety (questionnaire: Missouri) ‘He came down the road kerwhackety bang.’.
kerwhammy! [wham! excl.]

an onomat. term indicating the sound of a sudden collision.

Xlade Quicksilver ‘Assassins’ at Mdtas.com [Internet] Well, if she gets rid of you, and I get Switched again, then I guess the entire team goes kerwhammy cause your the only one who can fix me.
kerwhop! [echoic]

an onomat. term indicating the noise of a solid body falling onto a solid surface.

Star & Banner (Gettysburg, PA) 24 July 1/5: Mrs Leftenant Libby [...] lost her balance and fell over [...] kerwhop.
[US] ‘How Sally Hooter Got Snake-Bit’ in T.A. Burke Polly Peablossom’s Wedding 75: When I said jerk, he gin the whoppinest pull, and sent him kerwhop! about er mile an’ er feet!
[US]Detroit Free Press (MI) 27 Dec. 3/5: He come down ker-whop, about ten feet from hwere we stood.
[US]‘Mark Twain’ Roughing It 442: Directly he came down ker-whop.
[US]M. Thompson Hoosier Mosaics 121: ‘Hoot-toot!’ says the whistle, and away lick-to-split went the train, and slashy-to-splashy, rattle-o-bangle, kewoppyty-whop, bump, thud down me and that ’ere conductor come onto a pile o’ wore out cross ties in the side ditch.
J. Runciman Skippers and Shellbacks 85: They hoists him over and lets him go ker-whop.
[UK]C.D. Hickham ‘On His Geranium’ [lyrics] His parachute went wrong – oh my, And down he came ker-whop. On his geranium.
[US]J. London Valley of the Moon (1914) 169: Here’s where the last of the Mohegans gets theirs, in the neck, ker-whop!
Wichita Beacon (KS) 18 Feb. 1/5: ‘Kerwhop!’ And monroe’s bag of prunes hit the bandit a wicked blow on the head.
[US]J. Archibald ‘Bird Cagey’ in Popular Detective Jan. [Internet] ‘Oh ye-e-e-a-a-a-ah? Well, here’s what I’ll do, you—’ Kerwhop!
Muncie Eve. Press (IN) 4 Oct. 16/2: They were ready to give up when kerwhop-boom came an explosion.
Alley Oop 12 Jan. [synd. cartoon] Kerwhop! and I’m four thousand years younger.
[US]Times (Shreveport, LA) 16 Aug. 11/2: In another solo, he goes — kerwhop! — into ten 300-pound blocks of ice.
[US]Detroit Free Press (MI) 16 Sept. 52/1: For the first week or so [...] they kept banging into each other, ker-whop .
[US]Detroit Free Press (MI) 3 Feb. 19/1: It [i.e. a newspaper] recently hauled off and slugged General Motors right in the kisser, ker-whop.
kerwoosh! (also kerwash! kerwhoosh! kerwish! kerwow!) [SE whoosh]

an onomat. term indicating speedy movement.

[UK]Fife Herald 28 Nov. 3/6: She couldn’t keep her mouth shut [...] kerwash — she’d swallow a whole wave.
For Worth Gaz. (TX) 12 Sept. 2/5: She’d have some fool remark to make, when — kerwash — she’d swallow a whole wave.
[US]N.Y. Tribune 4 June 29/3: The ostrich thing came whoop! over the stone wall, ker-wish across the road, ker-wow over the opposite stone wall.
[UK]Magnet I 1: ‘Ker-woosh!’ ejaculated the junior, as he sprawled on the floor over Harry Wharton’s legs. ‘What’s that in the way?’.
[US]Chicago Trib. 14 Nov. 21/1: Plunk! Gavilan’s left shot to Bratton’s badly swollen eyes. Kerwash! I would land on his nose . . . Kerbump! it would crash against johnny’s jaw.
[UK]J.P. Carstairs Concrete Kimono 123: There was a nasty deafening kerwhoosh! as something below blew up.
Tiffany Flowers ‘How Dare She?’ Samandjack.net [Internet] Sam couldn’t help but smile when Hailey jumped back from the ramp, when the kerwhoosh suddenly came through the Stargate and snapped back, forming the event horizon.