kenning

noun (1)
ken·​ning | \ ˈke-niŋ How to pronounce kenning (audio) \

Definition of kenning

 (Entry 1 of 2)

chiefly Scotland
: a perceptible but small amount

kenning

noun (2)

Definition of kenning (Entry 2 of 2)

: a metaphorical compound word or phrase (such as swan-road for ocean) used especially in Old English and Old Norse poetry

First Known Use of kenning

Noun (1)

1786, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1883, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kenning

Noun (1)

Middle English, sight, view, from gerund of kennen

Noun (2)

Old Norse, from kenna

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The first known use of kenning was in 1786

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“Kenning.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kenning. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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