- knowledge or recognition
- a tiny quantity; trace
Origin of kenningON, symbol < kenna: see ken in early Germanic, as Old English, poetry, a metaphorical name, usually a compound, for something (Ex.: “whale-path” for sea)
Origin of kenningME: see ken
A figurative, usually compound expression used in place of a name or noun, especially in Old English and Old Norse poetry; for example, storm of swords is a kenning for battle.
Origin of kenningOld Norse from kenna to know, to name with a kenning ; see gnō- in Indo-European roots.
- Present participle of ken.
- The tread of an egg; cicatricula.
From ken (“to beget, bring forth”).
- A metaphorical phrase used in Germanic poetry (especially Old English or Old Norse) whereby a simple thing is described in an allusive way, such as ‘whale road’ for ‘sea’, or ‘enemy of the mast’ for ‘wind’.