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See also Ken, kén, kěn, and kèn

English

Pronunciation

Etymology

Northern and Scottish dialects from Old English cennan (make known, declare, acknowledge) originally "make to know", causative of cunnan (to become acquainted with, to know). The noun meaning "range of sight" is a nautical abbreviation of present participle kenning. Same Germanic root as kennen (to know, be acquainted with someone/something).

Noun

Singular
ken

Plural
-

ken (-)
  1. Knowledge or perception.
  2. (nautical) Range of sight.

Quotations

Verb

Infinitive
to ken

Third person singular
kens

Simple past
kenned or kent

Past participle
kenned or kent

Present participle
kenning

to ken (third-person singular simple present kens, present participle kenning, simple past and past participle kenned or kent)
  1. (transitive) To know, perceive or understand.

Quotations

Related terms

References

  • The New Geordie Dictionary, Frank Graham, 1987, ISBN 0946928118
  • Northumberland Words, English Dialect Society, R. Oliver Heslop, 1893-4[1]
  • A List of words and phrases in everyday use by the natives of Hetton-le-Hole in the County of Durham, F.M.T.Palgrave, English Dialect Society vol.74, 1896, [2]
  • Todd's Geordie Words and Phrases, George Todd, Newcastle, 1977[3]

Dutch

Verb

ken

  1. First-person singular present tense of kennen, know

Finnish

(index ke)

Etymology

From the same Uralic root *ki as Hungarian ki.

Pronunciation

  • Hyphenation: ken
  • Rhymes: en, sen
  • IPA: ['ken]

Pronoun

ken

  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) who; (when followed by a modifier in elative case, -sta/-stä) which one (of + a noun referring to people).
  2. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) whoever.

Inflection

Usage notes

  • Ken is archaic in tone (or dialectal).

Synonyms


Hungarian

Etymology

Of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /'kɛn/
  • Hyphenation: ken

Verb

ken

  1. smear

Japanese

Conjunction

ken (kanji , hiragana けん)

  1. : concurrently

Noun

ken (hiragana けん)

  1. : sword
  2. : prefecture

Kurdish

Noun

ken

  1. laugh
  2. smile

Mandarin

Pinyin syllable

ken

  1. A transliteration of any of a number of Chinese characters properly represented as having one of three tones, kén, kěn, or kèn.

Usage notes

English transcriptions of Chinese speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Chinese language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.


Scots

Etymology

From Old English cennan (make known, declare, acknowledge), originally "make to know", causative of cunnan (to become acquainted with, to know).

Noun

ken (-)

Singular
ken

Plural
-

  1. knowledge or perception

Verb

tae ken (third-person singular simple present kens, present participle kennin, simple past kent, past participle kent)

Infinitive
tae ken

Third person singular
kens

Simple past
kent

Past participle
-

Present participle
kennin

  1. (transitive) To know, perceive or understand.
    Do ye ken John Peel with his coat so gay? - 18th century ballad
    • Dae ye ken Ken kens Ken?
      Do you know Ken knows Ken?"

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