a lodging house frequented by young boys, usu. criminals.
|Poverty, Mendicity and Crime; Report 74: There are men of this class in London, especially about Stepney, who board and lodge boys and buy all their stolen property. These places are vulgarly called ‘kid kens’.|
|Dict. of the Flash or Cant Lang. 163/2: Kidden – boys’ lodging-houses.|
|Vocabulum 48: kidden A boy lodging-house.|
|Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. 55: Kidden a low lodging-house for boys.|
|, ,||Sl. Dict. 105: Kidden, or KIDKEN a low lodging-house for boys.|
(UK Und.) a boy who frequents lodging houses hoping to pick up minor criminal work.
|Mysteries of London III 66/1: The skin had three finnips and a foont [...] A fly kidden-gonnoff will leave this flim .|