queer ken

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From queer (weird; odd) + ken (house).


queer ken (plural queer kens)

  1. (dated, Britain, thieves' cant and Polari) A prison.
    • 2015 October 12, Lowe, Adam, “Poem of the week: Vada That”, in The Guardian[1]:
      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.


Derived terms[edit]


  • Grose, Francis (1788) A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue[2], 2nd edition, London: S. Hooper
  • Farmer, John Stephen (1902) Slang and Its Analogues[3], volume 5, pages 345
  • Baker, Paul (2004) Fantabulosa: A Dictionary of Polari and Gay Slang, Bloomsbury, →ISBN, page 49