Origin of kenning
verb (used with object), kenned or kent, ken·ning.
- to know, have knowledge of or about, or be acquainted with (a person or thing).
- to understand or perceive (an idea or situation).
- to declare, acknowledge, or confess (something).
- to teach, direct, or guide (someone).
verb (used without object), kenned or kent, ken·ning.
- to have knowledge of something.
- to understand.
Origin of ken
Related Words for kenningnotice, recognize, appreciate, perceive, experience, see, have, learn, realize, get, read, explain, sense, tolerate, accept, fathom, master, know, grasp, follow
Examples from the Web for kenning
Historical Examples of kenning
He was the first to recognize the significance of kenning, metaphor, and compound.The Translations of Beowulf
Chauncey Brewster Tinker
The mariners of Dartmouth accompt this to be about a kenning from Plimmouth.Chronicles (1 of 6): The Description of Britaine
To think of me telling ye about the leddy, and you kenning a the time wha the bairn was.Merkland
There's things it's best to put off kenning as long as we can.
The offing at sea has been called the kenning; and see Kenning in Halliwell.Chaucer's Works, Volume 3 (of 7)
Word Origin for kenning
verb kens, kenning, kenned or kent (kɛnt)
Word Origin for ken
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.
"house where thieves meet," 1560s, vagabonds' slang, probably a shortening of kennel.
"range of sight," 1580s, a nautical abbreviation of kenning.