Kenning



[ken-ing] /ˈkɛn ɪŋ/

noun
1.
a conventional poetic phrase used for or in addition to the usual name of a person or thing, especially in Icelandic and Anglo-Saxon verse, as “a wave traveler” for “a boat.”.
[ken] /kɛn/
noun
1.
knowledge, understanding, or cognizance; mental perception:
an idea beyond one’s ken.
2.
range of sight or vision.
verb (used with object), kenned or kent, kenning.
3.
Chiefly Scot.

4.
Scots Law. to acknowledge as heir; recognize by a judicial act.
5.
Archaic. to see; descry; recognize.
6.
British Dialect Archaic.

verb (used without object), kenned or kent, kenning.
7.
British Dialect.

/ˈkɛnɪŋ/
noun
1.
a conventional metaphoric name for something, esp in Old Norse and Old English poetry, such as Old English bānhūs (bone house) for “body”
/kɛn/
noun
1.
range of knowledge or perception (esp in the phrases beyond or in one’s ken)
verb kens, kenning, kenned, kent (kɛnt)
2.
(Scot & Northern English, dialect) to know
3.
(Scot & Northern English, dialect) to understand; perceive
4.
(transitive) (archaic) to see
n.

Old English cenning “procreation; declaration in court,” present participle of ken (v.). From early 14c. in senses “sign, token; teaching, instruction;” c.1400 as “mental cognition.” From 1883 as “periphrastic expression in early Germanic poetry;” in this sense it probably is from Old Norse cognate verb kenna “to know, to recognize, to feel or perceive; to call, to name (in a formal poetic metaphor).”
v.

“to know,” Scottish dialect, from Old English cennan “make known, declare, acknowledge” (in late Old English also “to know”), originally “make to know,” causative of cunnan “to become acquainted with, to know” (see can (v.)). Cognate with German kennen, Danish kjende, Swedish känna. Related: Kenned; kenning.
n.

“range of sight,” 1580s, a nautical abbreviation of kenning.

“house where thieves meet,” 1560s, vagabonds’ slang, probably a shortening of kennel.

noun

A conformist, conventional man; a man lacking any but bland typical characteristics: Mr Quayle has been called a sort of Ken/ Bergin, the male villain, is reprising his role as the Ken-doll monster of Sleeping With the Enemy

[fr the male counterpart of the Barbie doll]
[National Mental Health Services] Knowledge Exchange Network

Tagged:

Read Also:

  • Kenny-method

    noun, Medicine/Medical. 1. a method of treating poliomyelitis, in which hot, moist packs are applied to affected muscles to relieve spasms and pain, and a regimen of exercises is prescribed to prevent deformities and to strengthen the muscles. /ˈkɛnɪ/ noun 1. a method of treating poliomyelitis by applying hot moist packs to the affected muscles […]

  • Keno

    [kee-noh] /ˈki noʊ/ noun 1. a game of chance, adapted from lotto for gambling purposes. /ˈkiːno/ noun 1. (US & Canadian) a game of chance similar to bingo n. game of chance (akin to bingo), 1814, American English, probably from French quine “five winning numbers in a lottery,” from Latin quini “five each,” distributive of […]



  • Kenogenesis

    /ˌkiːnəʊˈdʒɛnɪsɪs/ noun 1. a secondary US spelling of caenogenesis

  • Kenophobia

    noun a fear of open or empty spaces, voids Word Origin Greek ’emptying’



Disclaimer: Kenning definition / meaning should not be considered complete, up to date, and is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a legal, medical, or any other professional. All content on this website is for informational purposes only.