• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i. & n Keckle See Keck v. i. & n.
    • v. t Keckle (Naut) To wind old rope around, as a cable, to preserve its surface from being fretted, or to wind iron chains around, to defend from the friction of a rocky bottom, or from the ice.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • keckle Nautical, to cover or guard by winding with something. Thus, hemp cables are keckled to protect them from chafing by winding old rope around them.
    • keckle Same as keck
    • keckle To cackle; chuckle.
    • n keckle A chuckle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Keckle kek′l to preserve or protect by binding with old rope or chains, as a cable
    • pr.p Keckle keck′ling; pa.p. keck′led
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In literature:

I wouldna be deaved wi' your keckling for a' your eggs.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop