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  • n. Plural form of ken.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of ken.


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  • The next specimen is perhaps a 'swell' out at elbows, a seedy and somewhat ragged remnant of a very questionable kind of gentility -- a gentility engendered in 'coal-holes' and 'cider-cellars,' in 'shades,' and such-like midnight 'kens' -- suckled with brandy and water and port-wine negus, and fed with deviled kidneys and toasted cheese.

    Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 437 Volume 17, New Series, May 15, 1852

  • And yet, men have so behaved since the world began, feasting, fighting, and carousing, whether in the dark cave-mouth or by the fire of the squatting-place, in the palaces of imperial Rome and the rock strongholds of robber barons, or in the sky-aspiring hotels of modern times and in the boozing-kens of sailor-town.

    Chapter III

  • His mind seemed to turn, on the instant, into a vast camera obscura, and he saw arrayed around his consciousness endless pictures from his life, of stoke-holes and forecastles, camps and beaches, jails and boozing-kens, fever-hospitals and slum streets, wherein the thread of association was the fashion in which he had been addressed in those various situations.

    Chapter 1

  • Old Walter kens the ways of this loch, never you fear.

    Healing the Highlander

  • Ranald kens nothing about the etiquette of welcoming high-born strangers properly, Sallie.

    Healing the Highlander

  • Linbof, whose books contradict one another, cannot help him; nor can the pilgrims on crowded steamers, nor the verse writers and harlots in dives and boozing-kens.

    Fomá Gordyéeff

  • He butts my stomach, buzzing me with hyper, twitchy kens, until at last I coax him to lie across my lap—head and shoulders off to my left, tail and back legs off to my right, and wings right there in front of me.

    Ancient, Strange, and Lovely

  • "Oh, dear, why did I not wait till you were settled - guid kens I should know by now what you're like in the morning."


  • God kens how - and I'm glad I don't ken mysel ', for I wish to think well of ye.


  • "God kens well enough that boys need to be smacked, or he'd no fill them sae full o 'the de'il."

    Sick Cycle Carousel


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