boozing ken

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Alteration of bousing ken.


boozing ken (plural boozing kens)

  1. (archaic, British slang) A pub; a public house; a tavern.
    • 1665, Head, Richard, The English Rogue[1], page 54:
      We straight betook our selves to the Boozing Ken; and having bubb'd nimly, we concluded an everlasting friendship.
    • 1834, Ainsworth, William Harrison, Rookwood[2], volume 2, pages 303–304:
      The Ruffler, who found his representative in a very magnificently equipped, and by no means ill-favoured knave, whose chin was decorated with a beard as lengthy and as black as Sultan Mahmood's, together with the dexterous Hooker, issued forth from the hovel which they termed their boozing ken, eager to catch a glimpse of the Prince of the High Toby Gloaks.



  • Albert Barrère and Charles G[odfrey] Leland, compilers and editors, “boozing ken”, in A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant [], volume I (A–K), Edinburgh: [] The Ballantyne Press, 1889–1890, OCLC 882571771, page 165.
  • Farmer, John Stephen, Slang and Its Analogues[3], volume 1, 1890, pages 297–298