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Now updated for CSW19. New words, if any, and new inflections of existing words, are shown in red.

kaal (S. Afr.) naked.
kaas A large cupboard > KAAS.
kabs (Pl.) KAB, an ancient Hebrew unit of measure.
kack rubbish, faeces > KACKS.
kade A wingless fly that infests sheep > KADES. Also KED.
kadi (Arabic) a civil judge in a Muslim country > KADIS. [Arabic qadi, a judge]. Also CADI, QADI.
kaed (Pt.) KAE, to serve.
kaes (3rd.) KAE, to serve.
kafs (Pl.) KAF, a Hebrew letter.
kago (Japanese) a basketwork PALANQUIN > KAGOS.
kagu A flightless bird > KAGUS. [Native name in New Caledonia].
kaid (Arabic) a North African chief > KAIDS. Also CAID, QAID.
kaie (Obs.) key > KAIES.
kaif (Arabic) a state of dreamy intoxication induced by e.g. cannabis > KAIFS. [Arabic kaif, pleasure]. Also KIF, KIEF, KEF, KEEF.
kaik (NZ) the South Island dialect word for KAINGA, a Maori village > KAIKS. Also KAIKA.
kail A ninepin > KAILS. Also KAYLE.
kaim (Scots) a comb; a ridge or mound of sand and gravel deposited on or near a glacier > KAIMS. Also KAME.
kain (Gaelic) a tenanted farm rent paid in kind > KAINS. Also CAIN, KANE.
kais (Pl.) KAI, a meal.
kaka (Maori) a brownish-green New Zealand parrot > KAKAS.
kaki (Japanese) a fruit like a persimmon > KAKIS.
kaks (Pl.) KAK, faeces, rubbish.
kale A hardy cabbage-like vegetable > KALES.
kali (Arabic) the prickly saltwort or glasswort > KALIS.
kama (Sanskrit) earthly desire > KAMAS.
kame (Scots) a comb; a ridge or mound of sand and gravel deposited on or near a glacier > KAMES. Also KAIM.
kami (Japanese) a Japanese divine being > KAMIS.
kana (Japanese) Japanese syllabic writing > KANAS.
kane (Gaelic) a tenanted farm rent paid in kind > KANES. Also CAIN, KAIN.
kang (Chinese) a sleeping platform > KANGS.
kans (Hindi) an Indian grass related to sugar-cane > KANSES.
kant An inclination from the horizontal or vertical plane; (verb) to so incline > KANTS, KANTING, KANTED. Also CANT.
kaon An elementary particle of the meson family > KAONS.
kapa (Polynesian) a kind of cloth prepared by the Polynesians from the inner bark of the paper mulberry > KAPAS. Also TAPA, TAPPA.
kaph (Hebrew) a Hebrew letter > KAPHS. Also CAPH, KHAPH, KHAF, KAF.
kapu (Hawaiian) a Hawaiian set of rules for daily life > KAPUS.
kara (Punjabi) a steel bangle, worn by Sikhs > KARAS.
kark (Aus. sl.) to break down, die > KARKS, KARKING, KARKED.
karn A mound of stone set up as a memorial > KARNS. Also CAIRN, CARN.
karo (Maori) a small New Zealand shrub or tree > KARO. No -S.
kart As in go-kart > KARTS, KARTING but no KARTED*.
kata (Japanese) a sequence of movements in the martial arts > KATAS.
kati (Malay) a unit of measure used in S.E. Asia > KATIS. Also CATTIE, KATTI.
kats (Pl.) KAT, a shrub of the spindle tree family.
kava (Tongan) a narcotic drink prepared from Polynesian plant > KAVAS. Also AVA, KAVAKAVA.
kawa (Maori) protocol or etiquette (in a Maori tribal meeting place) > KAWAS.
kaws (3rd.) KAW, to caw.
kayo A knockout; (verb) to knock out > KAYOS or KAYOES, KAYOING, KAYOED.
kays (Pl.) KAY, the letter K.
kazi (Sl.) lavatory > KAZIS. Also CARSEY, KARZY, KARSY, KARSEY, KHAZI.
kbar A kilobar > KBARS.
keas (Pl.) KEA, a large New Zealand parrot.
kebs (3rd.) KEB, to cast a lamb prematurely.
keck To heave or retch, as in an effort to vomit > KECKS, KECKING, KECKED.
keds (Pl.) KED, a wingless fly that infests sheep.
keef (Arabic) a state of dreamy intoxication induced by e.g. cannabis > KEEFS. [Arabic kaif, pleasure]. Also KIF, KIEF, KAIF, KEF.
keek To glance; to peep > KEEKS, KEEKING, KEEKED.
keel The part of a ship along the bottom from stem to stern; (verb) to turn keel upward > KEELS, KEELING, KEELED.
keen Sharp > KEENER, KEENEST; KEENLY; (verb) to lament esp. over a corpse > KEENS, KEENING, KEENED.
keep To tend, look after > KEEPS, KEEPING, KEPT.
keet A young guinea-fowl > KEETS.
kefs (Pl.) KEF, a state of dreamy tranquility.
kegs (Pl.) KEG, a barrel.
keir A bleaching-vat > KEIRS. Also KIER.
keks (Coll.) trousers. N.B. no KEK*.
kell (Scots) a woman's headdress, a veil > KELLS.
kelp A type of seaweed; (verb) to burn this > KELPS, KELPING, KELPED. Also KILP (but as noun only).
kelt (Scots) a salmon that has just spawned > KELTS.
kemp Coarse hair > KEMPY; (verb) to strive for mastery > KEMPS, KEMPING, KEMPED.
keno A gambling game, a variety of the game of lotto, played with numbered balls or knobs > KENOS. [Fr. quine, winning number]. Also KEENO, QUINO.
kens (3rd.) KEN, to know.
kent (Scots) a leaping or punting pole; (verb) to punt or pole > KENTS, KENTING, KENTED.
kepi (Fr.) a legionnaire's cap > KEPIS.
keps (3rd.) KEP, to catch.
kept (PaP.) KEEP, to tend, look after.
kerb (Verb) to provide with curbing > KERBS, KERBING, KERBED.
kerf A cut, notch or groove; (verb) to make an incision with a cutting tool > KERFS, KERFING, KERFED. Also CURF.
kern An Irish foot-soldier; (verb) to granulate > KERNS, KERNING, KERNED.
kero (Aust. sl.) kerosene > KEROS.
kesh (Punjabi) the uncut hair and beard traditionally worn by Sikhs > KESHES.
kest (Obs.) to cast > KESTS, KESTING, KEST.
keta (Russian) a Pacific salmon, the dog-salmon > KETAS.
kete (Maori) a basket woven from flax > KETE. No -S.
keto Pertaining to KETONE, a chemical compound of carbon, obtained by distilling salts of organic acids. No -S.
kets (Pl.) KET, carrion.
kewl (Coll.) cool > KEWLER, KEWLEST.
keys (3rd.) KEY, to enter (data) into a computer.
khaf (Hebrew) a Hebrew letter > KHAFS. Also CAPH, KAPH, KHAPH, KAF.
khan (Turkish) a prince or chief; a governor > KHANS. Also CHAM.
khat (Arabic) a shrub of E Africa, Arabia, etc, or specif its leaves, chewed or taken as tea for their stimulant effect > KHATS. Also KAT, QAT.
khet (Hebrew) a Hebrew letter > KHETS. Also HETH, HET, CHETH, KHETH.
khis (Pl.) KHI, a Greek letter.
khor (Arabic) a dry watercourse; a ravine > KHORS. [Arabic khurr, khorr].
khud (Hindi) in India, a pit, hollow, ravine > KHUDS.
kibe A chapped place on skin; an ulcerated chilblain > KIBES.
kick To strike out with the foot or feet > KICKS, KICKING, KICKED.
kids (3rd.) KID, to hoax or deceive.
kief (Arabic) a state of dreamy intoxication induced by e.g. cannabis > KIEFS. [Arabic kaif, pleasure]. Also KIF, KEF, KAIF, KEEF.
kier A bleaching-vat > KIERS. Also KEIR.
kiev a dish made of thin fillets of meat, esp chicken (chicken kiev), filled with butter, etc, coated with breadcrumbs, and fried > KIEVS.
kiff (S. Afr.) excellent. No comp!
kifs (Pl.) KIF, a state of dreamy intoxication induced by e.g. cannabis.
kild (Spenser) killed.
kill To deprive of life > KILLS, KILLING, KILLED or KILD.
kiln (Verb) to dry, fire in a kiln > KILNS, KILNING, KILNED.
kilp A type of seaweed > KILPS. Also KELP.
kilt A skirt-like garment; (verb) to tuck up like a kilt > KILTS, KILTING, KILTED.
kina A tree yielding cinchona, from which quinine is made > KINAS. Also KINAKINA, QUINA, QUINQUINA, QUINAQUINA, CHINACHINA.
kind Disposed to do good to others > KINDER, KINDEST; KINDLY; (verb) to beget > KINDS, KINDING, KINDED.
kine A type of television tube > KINES.
king (Verb) to make king; to provide with a king > KINGS, KINGING, KINGED.
kink To form a tight curl or bend in > KINKS, KINKING, KINKED.
kino A red gum containing tannin, obtained from several tropical trees > KINOS.
kins (Pl.) KIN, one's relations.
kipe An osier basket for catching pike > KIPES.
kipp (Scots) anything beaked; a pointed hill > KIPPS.
kips (Pl.) KIP, a Laotian monetary unit.
kirk (Scots) church; (verb) to bring to church > KIRKS, KIRKING, KIRKED.
kirn To churn > KIRNS, KIRNING, KIRNED.
kirs (Pl.) KIR, a wine and blackcurrant drink.
kish A solid graphite floating on a molten bath of pig-iron > KISHES.
kiss To touch with the lips as a sign of affection > KISSES, KISSING, KISSED.
kist (Scots) a chest; (verb) to coffin > KISTS, KISTING, KISTED.
kite A long-tailed bird of prey of the hawk family; (verb) to fly like a kite > KITES, KITING, KITED.
kith One's friends, neighbours, relatives > people of one's own kind > KITHS.
kits (Pl.) KIT, a small pocket violin.
kiva (Am. Ind.) an underground chamber used in religious rites by Pueblo Indians > KIVAS. [Hopi].
kiwi (Maori) a New Zealand bird, the APTERYX > KIWIS.
klap (S. Afr.) to slap or smack > KLAPS, KLAPPING, KLAPPED.
klik (Coll.) a kilometre > KLIKS. Also KLICK.
knag A short projection from the trunk or branch of a tree > KNAGS.
knap (Shakesp.) to snap, crack > KNAPS, KNAPPING, KNAPPED.
knar To snarl or growl > KNARS, KNARRING, KNARRED. Also GNAR, GNARR, GNARL.
knee To strike with the knee (a joint of the leg) > KNEES, KNEEING, KNEED.
knew (Pt.) KNOW, to have a true understanding of.
knit To make a fabric or garment by joining loops of yarn > KNITS, KNITTING, KNITTED.
knob A rounded protuberance; (verb) to supply with knobs > KNOBS, KNOBBING, KNOBBED.
knop A loop or tuft in yarn > KNOPS.
knot To tie in a knot (a closed loop) > KNOTS, KNOTTING, KNOTTED.
know To have a true understanding of > KNOWS, KNOWING, KNEW, KNOWN.
knub A knob, a small lump > KNUBS.
knur A knot on a tree > KNURS. Also KNAUR, KNURR, NUR, NURR.
knut A swell, a dandy > KNUTS.
koan (Japanese) a nonsensical question given to Buddhist students for contemplation > KOANS.
koap (Papua New Guinean slang) sexual intercourse > KOAPS.
koas (Pl.) KOA, a Hawaian acacia.
kobo A monetary unit of Nigeria > KOBOS. [Nigerian version of English copper].
kobs (Pl.) KOB, an African waterbuck.
koel (Hindi) an Asian or Australian bird of the cuckoo family > KOELS. [Hindi koël, koïl from Skt. kokila].
koff (Dutch) a small Dutch sailing vessel > KOFFS.
koha (Maori) a gift or donation esp. of cash > KOHAS.
kohl (Arabic) a black cosmetic powder > KOHLS.
kois (Pl.) KOI, a Japanese carp.
koji (Japanese) a fungus used to initiate fermentation in making soy sauce > KOJIS.
koka the lowest score awarded for a throw or hold in judo, worth three points > KOKAS.
kola (Temne) a genus of W. African trees producing nuts used in drugs and for flavouring soft drinks > KOLAS. Also COLA.
kolo (Serbo-Croat) a Serbian folk-dance > KOLOS. [Serbo-Croat kolo, wheel].
kond (Spenser) pt. of KON, to know.
konk To fail, break down > KONKS, KONKING, KONKED. Also CONK.
kons (3rd.) KON, to know.
kook (Scots) to dart in and out of sight > KOOKS, KOOKING, KOOKED.
koph (Hebrew) the nineteenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet > KOPHS. Also QOPH.
kops (Pl.) KOP, South African word for hill.
kora A West African musical instrument > KORAS.
kore (Greek) an ancient Greek statue of a draped maiden > KORES or KORAI.
koro (Maori) an elderly Maori man; a title of respect for an elderly Maori man > KORO. No -S.
kors (Pl.) KOR, a Hebrew unit of measure.
koru (Maori) a stylized curved pattern used especially in carving > KORUS.
koss (Hindi) a measure of distance > KOSSES. Also COSS, KOS.
koto (Japanese) a kind of musical instrument > KOTOS.
kows (Pl.) KOW, a bunch of twigs.
krab In mountaineering, a short form of KARABINER > KRABS.
krai (Russian) an administrative district in Russia > KRAIS.
kray (Russian) an administrative district in Russia > KRAYS.
kris (Malay) a dagger or short sword used by the Malays, commonly having a serpentine blade > KRISES. Also CRIS, CREESE, KREESE.
ksar (Milton) tsar > KSARS.
kudo Award, honour (back-formation from KUDOS) > KUDOS.
kudu (Hottentot) a kind of antelope with long spiral horns > KUDUS. Also KOODOO.
kueh (Malay) any cake of Malay, Chinese or Indian origin > KUEH. No -S.
kues (Pl.) KUE, the letter Q.
kufi A close-fitting brimless cylindrical or round hat > KUFIS.
kuia (Maori) a Maori female elder or elderly woman > KUIAS.
kuku (Maori) a large fruit-eating pigeon of New Zealand > KUKUS.
kula (Melanesian) a form of ceremonial gift exchange practised among a group of islanders in the W. Pacific used to establish relations between islands > KULAS.
kuna The standard monetary unit of Croatia, divided into 100 LIPA > KUNE.
kune (Pl.) KUNA, the standard monetary unit of Croatia.
kuri (Maori) a mongrel, an extinct native dog > KURIS. Also GOORIE, GOORY.
kuru Laughing sickness, a disease of New Guinea > KURUS.
kuta (Hinglish) a male dog; a man or a boy regarded as unpleasant or contempible > KUTAS.
kuti (Hinglish) a female dog; a woman or girl regarded as unpleasant or contemptible > KUTIS.
kutu (Maori) a body louse, a COOTIE > KUTUS.
kuzu (Japanese) a thickening agent used in a macrobiotic diet > KUZUS.
kvas (Russian) an alcoholic drink of low strength (actually given to children) made in Russia and E. Europe from cereals and stale bread > KVASES. Also KVASS, QUASS.
kyak (Inuit) a type of canoe > KYAKS. Also KAYAK, KAIAK.
kyar A material for cordage, matting, etc., consisting of the prepared fiber of the outer husk of the cocoanut > KYARS. Also COIR.
kyat (Burmese) the standard Burmese monetary unit, equal to 100 PYAS > KYATS.
kybo (Aust. sl.) a temporary lavatory constructed for use when camping > KYBOS.
kyes (Pl.) KYE, a private Korean-American banking club to which members pay contributions usually to start small businesses.
kyle (Gaelic) a narrow strait > KYLES. [Gaelic caol, narrow].
kynd (Spenser) to kind, beget > KYNDS, KYNDING, KYNDED. Also KYNDE.
kyne (Scots) kine, cattle. No -S.
kype The hook on the lower jaw of a mature male salmon > KYPES.
kyte (Scots) the belly > KYTES.
kyus (Pl.) KYU, a grade in martial arts.