Definitions for knocknɒk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to strike a sounding blow, as in seeking admittance, calling attention, or giving a signal.

  2. to strike in collision; bump:

    to knock into a table.

  3. to make a pounding noise:

    The car's engine is knocking badly.

  4. Informal. to find fault.

    Category: Informal

  5. to end a card game, as in gin rummy, by laying down a hand in which those cards not included in sets total less than a specific amount.

    Category: Games

  6. (v.t.)to give a sounding or forcible blow to; hit; strike; beat.

  7. to drive, force, or render by striking:

    to knock a man senseless.

  8. to make by striking a blow or blows:

    to knock a hole in the wall.

  9. to strike (a thing) against something else.

  10. Informal. to criticize, esp. in a carping manner.

    Category: Informal

  11. knock around or about, to wander, esp. living briefly in one place after another. to mistreat; manhandle.

    Category: Verb Phrase, Informal

  12. knock back,Slang. to drink (a beverage), esp. quickly and heartily.

    Category: Verb Phrase, Status (usage)

  13. knock down, to cause to fall by striking. to dismantle for ease of handling. to lower the price of. to sell at auction, as through a blow of the auctioneer's hammer.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  14. knock off, to cease an activity, esp. the day's work. to cease (work). Informal. to do, produce, or dispose of quickly, hurriedly, or with ease: Slang. to murder. to reduce a price by the amount of. Slang. to disable or defeat. Slang. to rob; burglarize. to copy or plagiarize.

    to knock off a couple of stories in a day.

    Category: Verb Phrase, Status (usage)

  15. knock out, to defeat (an opponent) in a boxing match by striking such a blow that the opponent is unable to rise within the specified time. to make unconscious. to make tired or exhausted. Informal. to produce quickly; knock off. to damage or destroy: Slang. to impress greatly; overwhelm with amazed delight.

    to knock out the power lines.

    Category: Verb Phrase, Sport, Informal

  16. knock over, to strike (someone or something) from an erect to a prone position. to distress; overcome. Slang. to rob, burglarize, or hijack.

    Category: Verb Phrase, Status (usage)

  17. knock together, to make or construct in a hurry or with little attention to detail.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  18. knock up, Slang. to make pregnant. to exhaust; weary; tire. Brit. to wake up; rouse.

    Category: Verb Phrase, Status (usage), British

  19. (n.)an act or instance of knocking.

  20. the sound of knocking, esp. a rap, as at a door.

  21. a blow or thump.

  22. Informal. an adverse criticism.

    Category: Informal

  23. the noise resulting from faulty combustion or incorrect functioning within an internal-combustion engine.

  24. (in cricket) an inning.

    Category: Sport

Idioms for knock:

  1. knock it off,to cease doing or saying something.

    Category: Idiom

  2. knock one's socks off,Informal. to have an overwhelming effect on.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Idiom

Origin of knock:

bef. 1000; ME knokken, knoken (v.), OE cnocian, cnucian; c. MHG knochen, ON knoka to thump, knock


Princeton's WordNet

  1. knock, knocking(noun)

    the sound of knocking (as on a door or in an engine or bearing)

    "the knocking grew louder"

  2. knock, roast(noun)

    negative criticism

  3. knock, bash, bang, smash, belt(noun)

    a vigorous blow

    "the sudden knock floored him"; "he took a bash right in his face"; "he got a bang on the head"

  4. knock(noun)

    a bad experience

    "the school of hard knocks"

  5. knock, belt, rap, whack, whang(verb)

    the act of hitting vigorously

    "he gave the table a whack"

  6. knock, strike hard(verb)

    deliver a sharp blow or push :"He knocked the glass clear across the room"

  7. knock(verb)

    rap with the knuckles

    "knock on the door"

  8. bump, knock(verb)

    knock against with force or violence

    "My car bumped into the tree"

  9. tap, rap, knock, pink(verb)

    make light, repeated taps on a surface

    "he was tapping his fingers on the table impatiently"

  10. pink, ping, knock(verb)

    sound like a car engine that is firing too early

    "the car pinged when I put in low-octane gasoline"; "The car pinked when the ignition was too far retarded"

  11. knock, criticize, criticise, pick apart(verb)

    find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws

    "The paper criticized the new movie"; "Don't knock the food--it's free"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. knock(verb)ˈɑɑk

    to hit sth against a door to tell sb you are outside

    Please knock before entering.; I knocked on the door.

  2. knockˈɑɑk

    to hit with force, usually by accident

    Be careful not to knock anything off the shelves.; He fell and knocked his head against the door.

  3. knockˈɑɑk

    to criticize

    Don't knock what she's doing - it's working!

  4. knock(noun)ˈɑɑk

    a noise made when sb knocks on sth

    a knock on/at the door

  5. knockˈɑɑk

    sth bad or unpleasant that causes problems

    The bad reviews were a knock to my confidence.

  6. knockˈɑɑk

    an injury caused by being hit

    a nasty knock on the forehead


  1. knock(Noun)

    An abrupt rapping sound, as from an impact of a hard object against wood

    I heard a knock on my door.

  2. knock(Noun)

    An impact.

    He took a knock on the head.

  3. knock(Noun)

    a batsman's innings.

    He played a slow but sure knock of 35.

  4. knock(Noun)

    A type of abnormal combustion occurring in spark ignition engines caused by self-ignition or the characteristic knocking sound associated with it.

  5. knock(Verb)

    To rap one's knuckles against something, especially wood.

    Knock on the door and find out if they're home.

  6. knock(Verb)

    To bump or impact.

    I knocked against the table and bruised my leg.

  7. knock(Verb)

    To denigrate, undervalue.

    Don't knock it until you've tried it.

  8. knock(Verb)

    To pass, kick a ball towards another player.

  9. Origin: Akin to Old Norse knoka (compare Swedish knocka, Danish knuge, to hug) and Middle High German knochen, to hit.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Knock(verb)

    to drive or be driven against something; to strike against something; to clash; as, one heavy body knocks against another

  2. Knock(verb)

    to strike or beat with something hard or heavy; to rap; as, to knock with a club; to knock on the door

  3. Knock(verb)

    to strike with something hard or heavy; to move by striking; to drive (a thing) against something; as, to knock a ball with a bat; to knock the head against a post; to knock a lamp off the table

  4. Knock(verb)

    to strike for admittance; to rap upon, as a door

  5. Knock(noun)

    a blow; a stroke with something hard or heavy; a jar

  6. Knock(noun)

    a stroke, as on a door for admittance; a rap

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'knock' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1853

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'knock' in Verbs Frequency: #430

Translations for knock

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an act of knocking or striking

She gave two knocks on the door; He had a nasty bruise from a knock he had received playing football.

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