Hello, Guest!
Recent Tags
Modern
(6)
Yes
(1)
Frgdvwbmou
(1)
view more

Kenning Examples

A kenning is a type of literary trope, specifically circumlocution, in the form of a compound, usually two often hyphenated words, that employs figurative language in place of a more concrete single-word noun. Kennings are strongly associated with Old Norse and later Icelandic and Anglo-Saxon poetry. For example, Old Norse poets might replace "sword", with a more abstract compound such as "wound-hoe" or a genitive phrase such as randa iss "ice of shields".

The simplest kennings consist of a base-word and a determinant which qualifies, or modifies, the meaning of the base-word. The determinant may be a noun used uninflected as the first element in a compound word, with the base-word constituting the second element of the compound word. Alternatively the determinant may be a noun in the genitive case, placed before or after the base-word, either directly or separated from the base-word by intervening words. Complex kennings in which the determinant, or sometimes the base-word, is itself made up of a further kenning are also used. When one kenning is embedded in another, the whole figure is said to be doubly determined, or twice modified".

Common Examples
Common examples of kennings are:
-Blood-ember: Axe
-Flame
-farewelled: Death

-Mind's worth: Honor

-Whale's way: The sea
Brown noser.
Meaning: Someone who goes out of his way to create a good impression.
Modern
Mind-reader.
Meaning: Someone who knows what you are thinking.
Modern
Fender bender.
Meaning: A small car accident.
Modern
Pig-skin.
Meaning: A football.
Modern
Four-eyes.
Meaning: A person who wears eyeglasses.
Modern
First-Lady.
Meaning: The wife of the president of a nation.
Modern
Ankle-biter.
Meaning: A small child.
Modern Kids
Pencil pusher.
Meaning: A clerk who takes care of book work details.
Modern
Bean counter.
Meaning: An accountant.
Modern
Milk guzzler.
Meaning: A baby.
Funny Kids
Tummy slider.
Meaning: Penguin.
Funny Kids
Tree swinger.
Meaning: Monkey.
Funny Kids
Show-stopper.
Meaning: A beautiful object.
Common
Motor mouth.
Meaning: Someone who talks fast and/or a lot.
Common
Tree hugger.
Meaning: An environmentalist.
Common
Hot potato.
Meaning: A job or situation no one wants to handle.
Common
Rug rat.
Meaning: Crawling baby.
Common List
Bookworm.
Meaning: Someone who reads a lot.
Common
Kenning Meaning
A Kenning is a compressed metaphor or description using two nouns to describe a subject, place or object. Kenning is used in poetry to create different effects, They can be combined to make a poem called a Kennings in which a collection of kenning lines are combined to describe an object.
Kenning Examples
Where's the whale-way? It's wight beside you!