From queer (“weird; odd”) + ken (“house”).
queer ken (plural queer kens)
- (dated, Britain, thieves' cant and Polari) A prison.
2015 October 12, Lowe, Adam, “Poem of the week: Vada That”, in The Guardian:
- Fact is, / she’ll end up in the charpering carsey / of Jennifer Justice. What is this / queer ken she’s in?
- For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:queer ken.
- Grose, Francis (1788) A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, 2nd edition, London: S. Hooper
- Farmer, John Stephen (1902) Slang and Its Analogues, volume 5, pages 345
- Baker, Paul (2004) Fantabulosa: A Dictionary of Polari and Gay Slang, Bloomsbury, ↑ISBN, page 49