1. [16C+] (UK Und., also kenner, ker) a house; a home, a room.
2. [17C–1920s] (UK Und.) a disreputable drinking place.
3. [19C] (UK tramp) a bed.
4. [mid-19C] (US) in sense of house n.1 (1), a private house that doubles as a centre for commercial sex.
5. see patten-ken n.
see bousing-ken n.
see bowman ken under bowman adj.
[early–mid-19C] a house-breaker.
[early 19C] (UK Und.) the lowest rank of beggar.
[late 18C–19C] a house-breaker.
[mid-17C–mid-19C] a house-breaker.
[18C–early 19C] to stay at an inn, then leave without paying one’s bill.