Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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WEEL-KENNED, ppl.adj. Also -kent. Well-known, familiar. Gen.Sc., also in n.Eng. dial. See Ken, v. Ayr. 1786 Burns Willie Chalmers ii.:
I doubt na, lass, that weel kenn'd name May cost a pair o' blushes.
Edb. 1801 J. Thomson Poems 55:
Nae mair ye'll hear that weel-kent rhyme.
Sc. 1816 Scott Antiquary ii.:
Ye'll maybe hae heard of it in the Parliament-house . . . it's a weel-kenn'd plea.
Sc. 1886 Stevenson Kidnapped i.:
Campbell of Minch, and others, all well-kenned gentlemen.
Dmf. 1912 J. L. Waugh Robbie Doo 159:
That weel-kenned landmark in oor village street.
Ags. 1927 V. Jacob Northern Lights 3:
A soond that sets ye thinkin' And weel-kent steps across the floor.
Sc. 1965 Scotland's Mag. (Sept.) 52:
Sir Compton Mackenzie is a weel-kent face in his moustache and beard nowadays.

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"Weel-kenned ppl. adj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 3 Aug 2021 <>



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