From -ken, German Low German form of standard -chen, from Middle Low German -kin, from Old Saxon -kīn.
-ken n (plural 1 -kes, plural 2 -kens, plural 3 -ken)
- (colloquial, regional, Northern Germany, Westphalia) used to make diminutives
Haus → Häusken ― little house
Dorf → Dörfken ― little village
Pulle → Pülleken ― little bottle
- After stops, particulary after k, a linking -s- is often inserted: Pack → Päcksken (see Päckchen (“parcel”)).
- Sometimes an old linking -e- is also preserved: Mann → Männeken (see derived terms below).