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[ken-ing] /ˈkɛn ɪŋ/

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/
knowledge, understanding, or cognizance; mental perception:
an idea beyond one’s ken.
range of sight or vision.
verb (used with object), kenned or kent, kenning.
Chiefly Scot.

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

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

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

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).”

“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.

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

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


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]
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