Kentish


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

kent

 (kĕnt)
v. Scots
A past tense and a past participle of ken.

Kent

 (kĕnt)
1. A region and former kingdom of southeast England. Settled by Jutes in the fifth century ad, it became one of the seven kingdoms of the Anglo-Saxon Heptarchy but was later eclipsed by the kingdoms of Mercia and Wessex.
2. A city of northeast Ohio east-northeast of Akron. Kent State University (founded 1910) was the site of a 1970 demonstration against the Vietnam War in which four students were killed by members of the National Guard.

Kent′ish adj.

Kentish

(ˈkɛntɪʃ)
adj
of or relating to Kent
n
(Languages) Also: Jutish the dialect of Old and Middle English spoken in Kent. See also Anglian, West Saxon

Kent•ish

(ˈkɛn tɪʃ)

adj.
1. of Kent, England, its inhabitants, or their speech.
n.
2. the dialect of Old English spoken in Kent.
[before 950]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Kentish - one of the major dialects of Old English
Old English, Anglo-Saxon - English prior to about 1100
2.Kentish - a dialect of Middle English
Middle English - English from about 1100 to 1450
References in classic literature ?
Men begin in Kentish Town with 80 pounds a year, and end in Park Lane with a hundred thousand.
Fog on the Essex marshes, fog on the Kentish heights.
He thought it would be good for them to be thrown in contact with the Kentish lads, and it would sharpen the country wits of these.
It was not unusual for those who wended home alone at midnight, to keep the middle of the road, the better to guard against surprise from lurking footpads; few would venture to repair at a late hour to Kentish Town or Hampstead, or even to Kensington or Chelsea, unarmed and unattended; while he who had been loudest and most valiant at the supper-table or the tavern, and had but a mile or so to go, was glad to fee a link-boy to escort him home.
Smallways' aged father, could remember Bun Hill as an idyllic Kentish village.
The motor-cars that went by northward and southward grew more and more powerful and efficient, whizzed faster and smelt worse, there appeared great clangorous petrol trolleys delivering coal and parcels in the place of vanishing horse-vans, motor-omnibuses ousted the horse-omnibuses, even the Kentish strawberries going Londonward in the night took to machinery and clattered instead of creaking, and became affected in flavour by progress and petrol.
I showed him a corn that I had cut off with my own hand, from a maid of honour's toe; it was about the bigness of Kentish pippin, and grown so hard, that when I returned England, I got it hollowed into a cup, and set in silver.
A few small, definite pictures stand out in my memory from amid that long panorama of death upon the Sussex and Kentish high roads.
The temptation to be present at the ball, and to form his first impressions of the beauty of the Kentish ladies, was strong upon Mr.
Far away, from among the Kentish woods there rose a thin spray of smoke.
Her devoted affection missed out of it her brother Stevie, now enjoying a damp villegiature in the Kentish lanes under the care of Mr Michaelis.
My shirt and trousers, stained with heat, dew, grass, and the Kentish soil on which I had slept - and torn besides - might have frightened the birds from my aunt's garden, as I stood at the gate.