What does knack mean?

Definitions for knack
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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word knack.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bent, knack, hangnoun

    a special way of doing something

    "he had a bent for it"; "he had a special knack for getting into trouble"; "he couldn't get the hang of it"

GCIDE

  1. Knacknoun

    A readiness in performance; aptness at doing a specific task; skill; aptitude; facility; dexterity; -- often used with for; as, a knack for playing the guitar.

Wiktionary

  1. knacknoun

    A readiness in performance; aptness at doing something; skill; facility; dexterity.

  2. knacknoun

    A petty contrivance; a toy; a plaything; a knickknack.

  3. knacknoun

    Something performed, or to be done, requiring aptness and dexterity; a trick; a device.

  4. knackverb

    To crack; to make a sharp, abrupt noise to chink.

  5. knackverb

    To speak affectedly.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. KNACKnoun

    Etymology: cnec, Welsh, sly knavery; cnaringe, skill, Sax.

    When I was young, I was wont
    To load my she with knacks: I would have ransack’d
    The pedlar’s silken treasury, and have pour’d it
    To her acceptance. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

    For thee, fond boy,
    If I may ever know thou do’st but sigh
    That thou no more shalt see this knack, as never
    I mean thou shalt, we’ll bar thee from success. William Shakespeare.

    This cap was moulded on a porringer,
    A velvet dish; fie, fie, ’tis lewd and filthy:
    Why ’tis a cockle, or a walnut shell,
    A knack, a toy, a trick, a baby’s cap. William Shakespeare.

    But is’t not presumption to write verse to you,
    Who make the better poems of the two?
    For all these pretty knacks that you compose,
    Alas, what are they but poems in prose! John Denham.

    He expounded both his pockets,
    And found a watch, with rings and lockets;
    A copper-plate, with almanacks
    Engrav’d upon’t, with other knacks. Hudibras.

    I’ll teach you the knacks
    Of eating of flax,
    And out of their noses
    Draw ribbands and posies. Ben Jonson, Gypsies.

    The knack of fast and loose passes with foolish people for a turn of wit; but they are not aware all this while of the desperate consequences of an ill habit. Roger L'Estrange.

    There is a certain knack in the art of conversation that gives a good grace to many things, by the manner and address of handling them. Roger L'Estrange.

    Knaves, who in full assemblies have the knack
    Of turning truth to lies, and white to black. Dryden.

    My author has a great knack at remarks: in the end he makes another, about our refining in controversy, and coming nearer and nearer to the church of Rome. Francis Atterbury.

    The dean was famous in his time,
    And had a kind of knack at rhime. Jonathan Swift.

    For how should equal colours do the knack?
    Cameleons who can paint in white and black? Alexander Pope.

  2. To Knackverb

    To make a sharp quick noise, as when a stick breaks.

    Etymology: from the noun.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Knackverb

    to crack; to make a sharp, abrupt noise to chink

  2. Knackverb

    to speak affectedly

  3. Knacknoun

    a petty contrivance; a toy; a plaything; a knickknack

  4. Knacknoun

    a readiness in performance; aptness at doing something; skill; facility; dexterity

  5. Knacknoun

    something performed, or to be done, requiring aptness and dexterity; a trick; a device

  6. Etymology: [Prob. of imitative origin; cf. G. knacken to break, Dan. knage to crack, and E. knock.]

Freebase

  1. Knäck

    Knäck is a traditional Swedish toffee prepared at Christmas. The name translates into "break" and refers to its hard consistency. Some prefer their knäck to be soft and chewy, which is easily attainable by simmering the mix for a shorter time.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Knack

    nak, n. a petty contrivance: a toy: a nice trick: dexterity, adroitness.—n. Knack′iness.—adjs. Knack′ish, Knack′y, cunning, crafty. [Orig. imit.; cf. Gael. cnac, Dut. knak, a crack, Ger. knacken, to crack.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of knack in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of knack in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of knack in a Sentence

  1. Annie Fuller:

    She is very bright, we were amazed to find that she really has a knack for spelling.

  2. Howard Newton:

    Tact is the knack of making a point without making an enemy.

  3. Nicola Longford:

    There is really no one else equal to Gary's level of understanding and expertise that he brought to the study of the Kennedy assassination films and photographs, and his knack for telling a good story.

  4. Ryan Williams:

    Trump's singular focus should be that she acted inappropriately. But Trump has a knack for distracting from Hillary Clinton's scandals with his gaffes and missteps.

  5. Nicola Longford:

    He brought a rare and honorable quality to the work place, and commanded a level of respect even when one did not necessarily agree with him, there is really no one else equal to Gary's level of understanding and expertise that he brought to the study of the Kennedy assassination films and photographs, and his knack for telling a good story.

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    • A. tacky
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