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kingy etymology Diminutive of kingfisher with -y.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, slang, birdwatching) the kingfisher, Alcedo atthis.
kink {{was wotd}} {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /kɪŋk/
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  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English kinken, kynken, from Old English *cincian "to laugh"; attested by cincung, from Proto-Germanic *kinkōną, from Proto-Indo-European *gang-, related to Old English canc. Cognate with Dutch kinken.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To laugh loudly.
  2. To gasp for breath as in a severe fit of coughing.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A convulsive fit of coughing or laughter; a sonorous indraft of breath; a whoop; a gasp of breath caused by laughing, coughing, or crying.
etymology 2 From Norwegian or Swedish kink, from gml kinke, from Proto-Germanic *kenk-, *keng-, from Proto-Indo-European *gengʰ-. Cognate with Icelandic kengur.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A tight curl, twist, or bend in a length of thin material, hair etc. We couldn't get enough water to put out the fire because of a kink in the hose.
  2. A difficulty or flaw that is likely to impede operation, as in a plan or system. They had planned to open another shop downtown, but their plan had a few kinks.
  3. An unreasonable notion; a crotchet; a whim; a caprice.
    • Frederic Swartwout Cozzens Never a Yankee was born or bred / Without that peculiar kink in his head / By which he could turn the smallest amount / Of whatever he had to the best account.
  4. (slang, countable and uncountable) Peculiarity or deviation in sexual behaviour or taste.
    • 2013, Alison Tyler, H Is for Hardcore (page 13) To top it all off, Lynn is into kink. Last night she was really into kink. It's a good thing that today is my day off because I need the time to recuperate and think things over.
  5. (Scotland, dialect) A fit of cough or laughter.
  6. (mathematics) A positive 1-soliton solution to the Sine–Gordon equation
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To form a kink or twist.
  2. (intransitive) To be formed into a kink or twist.
kinkster etymology kink + ster
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) One who enjoys kinky erotic activities.
kinky pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈkɪŋ.ki/ {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Full of kink; liable to kink or curl. kinky hair
  2. Queer; eccentric; crotchety.
  3. (slang) Marked by unconventional sexual preferences or behavior, as fetishism, sadomasochism, and other sexual practices.
    • 1994, Roberta Perkins, Sex work and sex workers in Australia (page ii) Their male customers are often identified as lonely, sleazy and into kinky sex…
    • 2002, Lyla Verone, The Interview Scars on my back were revealed from when I was whipped by a sadomasochistic ex-lover. I wondered if it bothered anyone, but it only seemed to make everyone harder than they already were. I was a kinky girl.
kiosk {{was wotd}} {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: kiosque etymology From French kiosque, from Turkish köşk, from Ottoman Turkish كوشك 〈kwsẖk〉, from Persian کوشک 〈ḵwsẖḵ〉, from Pahlavi 𐭪𐭥𐭱𐭪𐭩 〈𐭪𐭥𐭱𐭪𐭩〉. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈkiː.ɒsk/
  • (US) /ˈki.ɑsk/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. a small enclose structure, often freestanding, open on one side or with a window, used as a booth to sell newspaper, cigarette, etc.
  2. a similar unattended stand for the automatic dispensation of ticket, etc.
  3. a Turkish garden pavillion
kip {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /kɪp/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 1325–75, Middle English kipp, from Middle Dutch kip, from gml kip Alternative forms: kipp, kippe, kyppe
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The untanned hide of a young or small beast, such as a calf, lamb, or young goat.
  2. A bundle or set of such hides.
  3. (obsolete) A unit of count for skins, 30 for lamb and 50 for goat.
  4. The leather made from such hide; kip leather.
etymology 2 1760–70, probably related to Danish kippe and gml kiffe. From the same distant Germanic root as cove.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, chiefly UK) A place to sleep; a rooming house; a bed.
  2. (informal, chiefly UK) Sleep, snooze, nap, forty winks, doze. I’m just going for my afternoon kip.
  3. (informal, chiefly UK) A very untidy house or room.
  4. (informal, chiefly UK, dated) A brothel.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (informal, chiefly UK) To sleep; often with the connotation of a temporary or charitable situation, or one borne out of necessity. Don’t worry, I’ll kip on the sofabed.
Synonyms: crash (US)
etymology 3 1910–15, Americanism, abbreviated from kilo + pound.
noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. A unit of force equal to 1000 pounds-force (lbf) (4.44822 kilonewton or 4448.22 newton); occasionally called the kilopound.
  2. A unit of weight, used, for example, to calculate shipping charges, equal to half a US ton, or 1000 pounds.
  3. (rare, nonstandard) A unit of mass equal to 1000 avoirdupois pounds.
etymology 4 1950–55, from Lao ກີບ 〈ກີບ〉. {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The unit of currency in Laos, divided into 100 att, symbol , abbreviation LAK.
etymology 5 Unknown. Some senses may be related to German Kippe.
noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. (gymnastics) A basic skill or maneuver in on the , , and used, for example, as a way of mounting the bar in a front support position, or achieving a handstand from a hanging position. In its basic form, the legs are swung forward and upward by bending the hips, then suddenly down again, which gives the upward impulse to the body.
  2. (Australia, games, two-up) A piece of flat wood used to throw the coins in a game of two-up.
    • 1951, , , 1952, [http//|%22kips%22+%22two-up%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22kip%22|%22kips%22+%22two-up%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=n3OVT-umMYfnmAWm152HAg&redir_esc=y page 208], Again Turk placed the pennies on the kip. He took his time, deliberate over the small action, held the kip for a long breathless moment, then jerked his wrist and the pennies were in the air.
    • 2003, Gilbert Buchanan, Malco Polia - Traveller, Warrior, [http//|%22kips%22+%22two-up%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=9WmVT9yTHcnGmQWvt62GAg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22kip%22|%22kips%22%20%22two-up%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 52], Money was laid on the floor for bets on the heads or tails finish of two pennies tossed high into the air from a small wooden kip.
    • 2010, Colin McLaren, Sunflower: A Tale of Love, War and Intrigue, [http//|%22kips%22+%22two-up%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=MnuVT8qIB47UmAWT-qXTAQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22kip%22|%22kips%22%20%22two-up%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 101], Jack discarded a length of wood, two twists of wire, his two-up kip and a spanner.
  3. (Scotland) A sharp-pointed hill; a projecting point, as on a hill.
  • KPI
  • PKI
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An osier basket used for catching fish.
  2. Upturned lower jaw of a male salmon at the end of its life as it returns to fresh water to spawn.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) to steal
  • kepi
  • pike, Pike
kipper {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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etymology {{rfe}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A split, salted and smoked herring.
  2. A salmon after spawn.
  3. (military, RAF World War II code name) A patrol to protect fishing boats in the Irish and North Seas against attack from the air.
  4. (UK, humorous, often with capital) A member of UKIP (UK Independence Party).
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (cooking) To prepare a herring or similar fish in that fashion.
    • Charles Dickens There was kippered salmon, and Finnan haddocks, and a lamb's head, and a haggis…
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (UK, dialect) amorous
  2. (UK, dialect) lively; light-footed; nimble {{rfquotek}}
kishke {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: kishka, kiszka etymology Attested in English since the late 1930s, from Yiddish קישקע 〈qyşqʻ〉, from sla—Polish kiszka, Russian кишка́ 〈kišká〉, or Ukrainian ки́шка 〈kíška〉. Ultimately from Proto-Slavic *kyša, *kyšьka 〈*kyšʹka〉. Related to Sanskrit कोष्ठ 〈kōṣṭha〉 and possibly Ancient Greek κύστις 〈kýstis〉. pronunciation
  • /ˈkɪʃkə/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A dish made from stuffed intestine.
  2. (informal, often, in the plural) Intestines, guts.
    • 1969, Philip Roth, Portnoy's Complaint: Subsequently she was over the toilet all night throwing up. ‘My kishkas came out from that thing! Some practical joker!’
    Oy a broch! I was so worried! I knew something was wrong. In my kishkes, I could feel it!
Synonyms: (dish) blood pudding, blood sausage, (dish) derma, stuffed derma, stuffed kishke, (intestines) stomach, gut, guts
kiss pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /kɪs/
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etymology From Middle English kissen, kussen, from Old English cyssan, from Proto-Germanic *kussijaną, cognates include Danish kysse, Dutch kussen, German küssen, Icelandic kyssa and Swedish kyssa. Possibly from Proto-Indo-European *ku, *kus (probably imitative), with cognates including Ancient Greek κύσσω 〈kýssō〉, poetic form of κύσω 〈kýsō〉, and Hittite kuwassanzi.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To touch with the lip or press the lips against, usually to express love or affection or passion, or as part of a greeting.
    • William Shakespeare (1564-1616) He…kissed her lips with such a clamorous smack, / That at the parting all the church echoed.
    • {{RQ:RJfrs AmtrPqr}} But then I had the [massive] flintlock by me for protection. ¶…The linen-press and a chest on the top of it formed, however, a very good gun-carriage; and, thus mounted, aim could be taken out of the window{{nb...}}, and a 'bead' could be drawn upon Molly, the dairymaid, kissing the fogger behind the hedge, little dreaming that the deadly tube was levelled at them.
  2. (transitive) To touch lightly or slightly; to come into contact. exampleThe nearside of the car just kissed a parked truck as he took the corner {{nowrap}}  {{nowrap}}
    • William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Like fire and powder, / Which as they kiss consume.
    • Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892) Rose, rose and clematis, / Trail and twine and clasp and kiss.
  3. (intransitive) Of two or more people, to touch each other's lip together, usually to express love or affection or passion.
  4. (transitive) To mark a cross (X) after one's name on a card, etc.
Synonyms: to kiss each other (3), to kiss one another (3), See also
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A touch with the lip, usually to express love or affection, or as a greeting.
  2. An 'X' mark placed at the end of a letter or other type of message.
  3. A type of filled chocolate candy, shaped as if someone had kissed the top. See Hershey's Kisses.
  • skis
kiss and ride etymology From the idea that a person's partner might drop him or her off with a parting kiss; compare park and ride.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A car park at a railway station, airport, etc. for the dropping off and picking up of passenger.
kiss arse Alternative forms: (US) kiss ass
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, vulgar, colloquial) To flatter or perform favor excessively, especially to receive preferential treatment from a boss or other superior; to behave obsequiously.
kiss ass Alternative forms: (UK) kiss arse
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, vulgar, colloquial) to flatter or perform favor excessively, especially to receive preferential treatment from a boss or other superior; to behave obsequiously.
kiss-ass etymology kiss + ass
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) An obsequious person that tries to win the favor of someone, usually their superior
Synonyms: buttkisser, buttlicker, asslicker, asskisser
kissathon etymology kiss + athon
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A prolonged period of kiss.
kisser pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Agent noun of kiss; one who kisses. She's a great kisser!
  2. (slang) Mouth.
    • 1918, Ralph Selwood Kendall, Benton of the Royal Mounted, Grosset & Dunlap, New York, p. 121: Get yore handkerchief ready, an' run out an' cram it into his kisser an' choke th' —— if he starts in to holler.
  3. (slang) Face.
    • 1999, Karen Shenfeld, "Fanny Brice 1891-1951," in The Law of Return, Guernica, ISBN 1550710923, p. 18: Not a pretty kisser, but so mobile those drawn-on brows, bulging peepers green as dill, cock-eyed grin, the It Girls lost it beside her.
  4. The kissing gourami.
  • krises
  • skiers
kissfest etymology kiss + fest
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An encounter featuring a lot of kiss.
kissing disease
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Nickname for mononucleosis.
    • 1961 February, "What in the world is Mononucleosis?," Kiplinger Magazine, p. 30 (retrieved 19 Oct 2010): It was in a college, West Point, that infectious mononucleosis won a romantic reputation. . . . Investigators at a girls' school also found post-vacation peaks, and mono became known as the "kissing disease".
kiss me {{phrasebook}}
phrase: {{head}}
  1. I informally request that you kiss me—that you touch my lips with your lips or press the lips against, as an expression of love or affection.
kiss my arse Alternative forms: (US) kiss my ass
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (vulgar) go away!; an expression of disdain or dismissal.
    • {{RQ:Fielding Tom Jones}} And here, I believe, the wit is generally misunderstood. In reality, it lies in desiring another to kiss your a— for having just before threatened to kick his; for I have observed very accurately, that no one ever desires you to kick that which belongs to himself, nor offers to kiss this part in another.
related terms:
  • kick arse
  • kiss arse
kiss my ass Alternative forms: (UK) kiss my arse
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (vulgar, idiomatic) go away!; an expression of disdain or dismissal.
  2. (vulgar, idiomatic) rejection or refusal to perform a requested action When he asked me to help him fix the bike, I told him to kiss my ass.
kiss of death {{wikipedia}} etymology Biblical: Judas betraying Jesus with a kiss.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A kiss on the cheek that signifies the death of the receiver, as delivered by a mob boss or one with such influence.
  2. (informal, idiomatic) Something that may seem good and favourable but that actually brings ruin to hopes, plans, etc. The role in the soap opera was the kiss of death for Ann's career as a theatrical actress.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A dismissal
kiss someone's ass etymology Said because the ass is considered vulgar and someone willing to kiss another's is considered a sign of submission and patronage.
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang) To flatter someone (especially a superior) in an obsequious manner, and to support their every opinion to gain their favor
related terms:
  • kiss ass
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) One who flatters a supervisor, or superior, in order to get special attention Joe got that promotion because he was a kiss-up, not because he knew the job.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. form of Form: to pay false flattery to another, particularly a superior at work, in order to get special attention. Yes, I watched Joe kissing-up to that fat-ass and was very annoyed when he got my promotion!
related terms:
  • kiss up to
kit {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /kɪt/
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  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 English from the 14th century, from a Dutch kitte, a wooden vessel made of hooped staves. Related to Dutch kit "tankard". The further etymology is unknown. The transfer of meaning to the contents of a soldier's knapsack dates to the late 18th century, extended use of any collection of necessaries used for travelling dates to the first half of the 19th century. The further widening of the sense to a collection of parts sold for the buyer to assemble emerges in US English in the mid 20th century.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A circular wooden vessel, made of hooped stave.
  2. A kind of basket made from straw of rushes, especially for holding fish; by extension, the contents of such a basket, used as a measure of weight.
    • 1961 18 Jan, Guardian (cited after OED):
    He was pushing a barrow on the fish dock, wheeling aluminium kits which, when full, each contain 10 stone of fish.
  3. A collection of items forming the equipment of a soldier, carried in a knapsack.
  4. Any collection of items needed for a specific purpose, especially for use by a workman, or personal effects packed for travelling. Always carry a good first-aid kit.
  5. A collection of parts sold for the buyer to assemble. I built the entire car from a kit.
  6. (UK, sports) The standard set of clothing, accessories and equipment worn by players.
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  7. (UK, informal) Clothing. Get your kit off and come to bed.
  8. (computing, informal) A full software distribution, as opposed to a patch or upgrade.
  9. (music) drum kit
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To assemble or collect something into kits or sets or to give somebody a kit. See also kit out and other derived phrases. We need to kit the parts for the assembly by Friday, so that manufacturing can build the tool.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Something which came originally in kit form. kit car
etymology 2 A short form of kitten. From the 16th century (spelled kytte, kitt). From the 19th century also extended to other young animals (mink, fox, muskrat, etc.), and to a species of small fox ("kit-fox").
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. kitten
  2. kit fox
etymology 3 16th century, perhaps from cithara
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. a kit violin
    • Grew A dancing master's kit.
    • Charles Dickens, Bleak House Prince Turveydrop then tinkled the strings of his kit with his fingers, and the young ladies stood up to dance.
etymology 4 Borrowing from German kitte, kütte (ca. 1880).
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. a school of pigeon, especially domesticated, trained pigeons
  • ITK
  • tik
kitchen cabinet
etymology 1 {{wikipedia}} kitchen + cabinet
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Built-in cabinet found in a kitchen.
Synonyms: kitchen dresser
etymology 2 {{wikipedia}} kitchen + cabinet Alternative forms: Kitchen Cabinet
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An informal group of advisors to a country's chief executive, as distinguished from the official cabinet.
kitchen-sinky Alternative forms: kitchen sinky etymology From kitchen sink + y. Sense 1 alludes to the phrase everything but the kitchen sink, sense 2 to the phrase .
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Inclusive of too wide a variety of features or items, typically with a resulting trade-off in efficiency or usefulness.
    • 1999, 5 November, Peter Clinch, Re: Looking For a Backpack,, rec.backcountry, “Don't buy a [back]pack with loads of extra kitchen sinky bits unless you'll be using them frequently.”
    • 2007, John Quijada, "Re: Aesthetics", Conlang Mailing list archives, 23 October 2007: It is not kitchen-sinky if we understand a kitchen-sink not simply [as] a language very loaded with various grammatical and phonological features but only a language where they are only for their own sake and don't make a functional system together.
    • 2011, Nancy Deville, Healthy, Sexy, Happy: A Thrilling Journey to the Ultimate You, Greenleaf Book Group (2011), ISBN 9781608322701, unnumbered page: I'm sure there are subjects I could have covered, but I didn't want it to get too kitchen-sinky.
    • 2011, , "DIY dictionary", Boston Globe, 20 March 2011: "How to Read a Word" includes quite a bit of related material, including a slightly kitchen-sinky collection of "word stories," investigating words such as wordhoard, skulduggery, and yes, lexicographer; {{…}}
  2. Of or pertaining to the ; depicting social realities in an unstylized and direct manner.
    • 2001, Susannah Clapp, "Mother knows best", The Guardian, 4 February 2001: Not that Warner's is merely a domesticated version of Euripides. It stars, after all, that least kitchen-sinky of actors.
    • 2007, Stephanie Bunbury, "Tide and emotions", The Age, 29 April 2007: "Here was a kid who was imagining things and inventing things and none of this was odd to her, mum and dad being junkies. I didn't want to comment; I just present the story. And I didn't want to be too kitchen-sinky, because it's a heightened reality."
    • 2011, Gina Picallo, "Helen Mirren interview", The Telegraph, 7 February 2011: "He takes this seedy little story of seedy little people in seedy little rooms, and he makes it big and operatic and grandiose. I love that. It could have all been documentary-like or a bit kitchen sinky, and all rough and tough. {{…}}
kite pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /kaɪt/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English kite, kete, from Old English cȳta, from Proto-Germanic *kūtijô, diminutive of *kūts, from Proto-Indo-European *gū-. Cognate with Scots kyt, kyte, Middle High German kiuzelīn, kützlīn, German Kauz. Alternative forms: kight
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A bird of prey of the family Accipitridae belonging to one of the following groups:
    1. Any bird of subfamily Milvinae, with long wings and weak legs, feeding mostly on carrion and spending long periods soar.
    2. A bird of genus Elanus, having thin pointed wings, that preys on rodent and hunts by hover. Also, any bird of related genera in the subfamily Elaninae.
    exampleA pair of kites built a nest on the cliff.
  2. A lightweight toy or other device carried on the wind and tethered and controlled from the ground by one or more lines. exampleOn windy spring days, we would fly kites.
  3. A tether object which deflects its position in a medium by obtaining lift and drag in reaction with its relative motion in the medium.
    • {{quote-news}}
  4. (geometry) A quadrilateral having two pairs of edges of equal length, the edges of each pair being consecutive. exampleFour-sided figures without parallel sides include trapezoids and kites.
  5. (banking) A fraudulent draft, such as a check one drawn on insufficient funds or with altered face value.
    • {{quote-news}}
  6. (astrology) A planetary configuration wherein one planet of a grand trine is in opposition to an additional fourth planet.
  7. (slang) An aircraft, or aeroplane.
  8. (sailing, dated) A lightweight sail set above the topgallant, such as a studding-sail.
    • [ English Traits], page 33 , “Our good master keeps his kites up to the last moment, studding-sails alow and aloft, and, by incessant straight steering, never loses a rod of way.”
  9. (sailing, slang) A spinnaker.
  10. (US, slang, prison) A short letter.
  11. (figurative) A rapacious person.
    • Shakespeare exampleDetested kite, thou liest.
  12. (UK, dialect) A fish, the brill.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (rare, usually with "go") To fly a kite. exampleI'm going kiting this weekend.
  2. To glide in the manner of a kite. exampleThe wind kited us toward shore.
  3. To travel by kite, as when kitesurfing. exampleWe spent the afternoon kiting around the bay.
  4. To toss or cast.
    • page 189, , “Lombard swung at the sweet pea he had dropped, caught it neatly with the toe of his shoe, and kited it upward with grim zest, as though doing that made him feel a lot better.”
  5. (banking) To write a check on an account with insufficient funds, expect that funds will become available by the time the check clear. exampleHe was convicted of kiting checks and sentenced to two years in prison.
  6. (US) To cause an increase, especially in costs. exampleRising interest rates have kited the cost of housing.
  7. (video games) To keep ahead of (a pursuing monster or mob) in order to attack it repeatedly from a distance, without exposing oneself to danger.
  8. (nautical, engineering) To deflect sideways in the water.
    • {{quote-us-patent}}
  9. (US, slang, prison) To send a short letter.
  10. (US, slang) To steal.
  11. (obsolete) To hunt with a hawk. {{rfquotek}}
etymology 2 Origin uncertain. Possibly from Middle English *kit, *kid (attested only in compounds: kidney), from Old English cwiþ, from Proto-Germanic *kweþuz, from Proto-Indo-European *gʷet-, *gut-, from Proto-Indo-European *gʷu-, *gū-. Cognate with Icelandic kýta, West Flemish kijte, kiete, gml kūt, Icelandic kviður, kviði. Alternative forms: kyte (Scotland)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) The stomach; belly.
etymology 3 Probably from Ancient Egyptian.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare) A weight-measure unit from Ancient Egypt, equivalent to 0.1 deben
  • tike
kitskonstabel etymology Afrikaans kits + konstabel.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (South Africa, obsolete, slang) A newly deputized constable in the South African Police Services during the last days of apartheid ; they were noted for their zealous and utter lack of police procedure. Their official name was special policeman.
    • During 1987 sixteen kitskonstabels were sent to Bhongolethu to police the area after their six weeks of training. The kitskonstabels proved to be a law unto themselves - between September 1987 and January 1988 less than six months, at least six activist were injured by kitskonstabels a remarkable series of incidents, involving the kitskonstabels was recorded by the police themselves in the Bhongolethu police station incident book.
    • 1997 KITSKONSTABEL ACTIONS TO BE HEARD AT GRAHAMSTWON TRC HEARINGS : The activities of the South Africa Police's notorious apartheid-era "kitskonstables" will come under the spotlight at the three-day hearings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Grahamstown next week, from April 7 to 9. The kitskonstables (special constables) were infamous for random beatings and shootings in the Grahamstown area during the 1980s.
    • 1998 Harrington’s hero was Major Deon Terreblanche – notorious for his killing sprees. ‘He was actually like my father. He was interested in my work. He always wanted to know how I was. He told me I personally have to fight against the ANC, because they were communists. He said he would see to it that I never get into trouble.’ But a kitskonstabel with ANC sympathies killed Terreblanche. Antjie Krog Country of My Skull 100best/100bestsamples/krog.html
kitty Alternative forms: kittie (young cat) etymology kit + y. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈkɪti/
  • (US) /ˈkɪti/, [ˈkʰɪɾi]
  • (US) {{homophones}}
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A kitten or young cat.
  2. (childish) A pet name for a cat.
  3. A money pool, as for a card game, or for shared expenses.
  4. (poker, slang) In a home game, a small, specified amount taken from each pot to pay the host's expenses.
  5. (slang) Female genitals. (less vulgar)
  6. (card games) A set of additional card dealt face down in some games.
Synonyms: (money pool) pot
related terms:
  • kitteh
  • kitten
  • kittenish, kittenlike
  • kitty litter
kitty-cat etymology kitty (from kitten 'young cat') + cat
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, usually, childish) A domestic cat (subspecies Felis silvestris catus).
Synonyms: pussy, pussy-cat
kitty litter
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Mix of sawdust, grit, etc. used to provide a soil area for pet cats.
  2. (by extension, informal) Any similar mix, used to soak up liquid spills.
  3. (motor racing) Large area of gravel used to slow cars that leave the track.
Synonyms: (mix of sawdust, etc.) cat litter
kittywampus etymology Slang form of catawampus.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Disorganized; poorly done; chaotic.
Kiwi pronunciation
  • (New Zealand) /ˈkiːˌwiː/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A New Zealander.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) of or from New Zealand
  • wiki
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal, jocular) New Zealand
klansman Alternative forms: Klansman (much more common) etymology klan + man
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A man who is a member of the Ku Klux Klan
    • Smoked Glass, page 103, Robert Henry Newell, 1868, “Klansmen — Behold the Deed without a name”
    • American History Told by Contemporaries, page 851, Albert Bushnell Hart, John Gould Curtis, 1900, “The fact that nobody foresaw that Chill would blossom into a klansman does not alter the fact that the klansman is one of the flowers of our democracy.”
  1. (offensive, slang) A very offensive term for a white person unrelated to the KKK or racist ideology
klap etymology Afrikaans
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (South Africa, slang, transitive) To strike; to smack.
    • 2005, Al Lovejoy, Acid Alex You did something wrong and he klapped you.
    • 2010, Tony Park, Silent Predator (page 51) 'I told him that the time wouldn't be right if we were the only two people left in the world, and then I klapped him, good and hard across the face.'
klatch {{rfm}} Alternative forms: klatsch etymology Borrowing from German Klatsch. pronunciation
  • (UK) /klatʃ/
  • (US) /klætʃ/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An informal social gathering, especially one held over coffee for the purpose of conversation.
related terms:
  • coffee klatch
  • kaffeeklatch
klaxon pronunciation
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etymology 1908, from Klaxon, trademark, based on Ancient Greek κλάζω 〈klázō〉.
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A loud electric horn or alarm.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To produce a loud, siren-like wail.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) a kleptomaniac
klezmerish etymology klezmer + ish
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Resembling klezmer (Jewish folk music).
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klick pronunciation
  • {{homophones}}
etymology 1
  • Most likely a pseudo-condensed pronunciation of kilometer.
  • Possibly onomatopoeic of the sound of a military odometer.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, military) A kilometer.
    • 2002, , Hominids an asteroid between one and three kilometers wide had slammed into the ground at fifteen klicks per second.
  2. (slang, usually plural) Kilometres per hour.
Klick is most commonly used in most English speaking countries outside the USA as a slang word for kilometre. Though kilometers are not commonly used to measure distance in the USA, is commonly used by the US military, which uses the metric system almost exclusively in order to facilitate communication with allied forces. Synonyms: (military slang: kilometer) click
etymology 2
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. alternative spelling of click
  • L-kick
klutz pronunciation
  • /klʌts/
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etymology From the Yiddish קלאָץ 〈qlʼáẕ〉, cognate with German Klotz.
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, pejorative) A clumsy or stupid person.
    • "Mel, back home we'd call you a klutz."Melissa: "Use a lot of Yiddish back in Texas, do you?" — Ultimate Daredevil and Elektra.
    • "Out of [one abortion doctor's] first six months of work, there are nine malpractice suits ... After it was apparent the guy was a klutz, they kept using him, and trying to cover for him, because they couldn't find another provider." — Dr. Robert Crist, abortion doctor, St. Petersburg Times, June 3, 1990
knab etymology See nab, and compare knap.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (colloquial) To nab or steal.
  2. (obsolete) To seize with the teeth; to gnaw. {{rfquotek}}
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knacker etymology From Old Norse hnak (whence Icelandic hnakkur), hur — the profession of saddlemaker. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈnæk.ə(ɹ)/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who makes knickknack, toy, etc. {{rfquotek}}
  2. One of two or more pieces of bone or wood held loosely between the fingers, and struck together by moving the hand; a clapper. {{rfquotek}}
  3. A harness maker.
  4. One who slaughter and (especially) render worn-out livestock (especially horses) and sells their flesh, bones and hides.
    • 1933, George Orwell, Down and Out in Paris and London, Ch. XXII, Harvest / Harcourt paperback edition, pg. 117-118, After a few years even the whip loses its virtue, and the pony goes to the knacker
  5. One who dismantles old ships, houses etc., and sells their components.
  6. (Ireland, British, offensive) A member of the Travelling Community; a Gypsy.
  7. (Ireland, offensive, slang) A person of lower social class; a chav, skanger or scobe.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To tire out, become exhausted. Carrying that giant statue up those stairs knackered me out
knacker's yard
noun: {{head}}
  1. That area of a slaughterhouse where carcasses unfit for human consumption are rendered down to produce useful material such as glue.
  2. (colloquial, idiomatic) A place to send a person or object that is spent beyond all reasonable use. He is only fit for the knacker's yard.
knackered pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈnæk.əd/
etymology 1 From the verb knacker.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (UK, Irish, Australia, New Zealand, slang) tired or exhausted. I can't go out tonight — I'm knackered.
    • 2002, Robert Edenborough, Effective Interviewing: A Handbook of Skills and Techniques, pages 97-98 I've got this job in a warehouse just now and it finishes quite early but I'm dead knackered at the end of the day so I don't know about going out and like studying every night.
    • 2003, Hugh Dauncey, Geoff Hare (editors), The Tour de France, 1903-2003: A Century of Sporting Structures, Meanings and Values, Frank Cass Publishers, London, 2005, [http//|most+knackered%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=SfuXT8P-HLCYiAfDqunVBQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22more|most%20knackered%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 225], Then, it all just gets worse and worse, you don′t sleep so much, so you don′t recover as well from the day′s racing, so you go into your reserves, you get more knackered, so you sleep less... It′s simply a vicious circle.
    • 2009, Grace Maxwell, Falling & Laughing: The Restoration of Edwyn Collins, page 84, So my joy at hearing his voice quickly turns to a paroxysm of anxiety as he manages by exhausted gesture and sound to let us know how knackered he feels, how desperate to get horizontal, almost from the first moment he lands in the chair.
  • Rarely used in North America, where the usage is less well-known.
Synonyms: (tired, exhausted) cream crackered
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of knacker
etymology 2 From "ready for the knacker's yard" or "fit to be knackered", meaning "worn-out livestock, fit to be slaughtered and rendered".
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (UK, Irish, South Africa, colloquial) Broken, inoperative.
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    • 2009, John Newton, Vance Miller - Kitchen Gangster?, page 82 We take an old knackered machine out to China and say, 'Copy that, brand new,' and they do.
Synonyms: (broken, inoperative) broken, worn-out
related terms:
  • knacker
  • knacker's yard
knag pronunciation
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Alternative forms: knage, knagge, knagg
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A short spur or stiff projection from the trunk or branch of a tree, such as the stunted dead branch of a fir
  2. A peg or hook for hanging something on
  3. (obsolete) One of the point of a stag's horn or a tine
  4. A knot in a piece of wood or the base of a branch
  5. A pointed rock or crag
  6. (Scotland) A small cask or barrel; a keg or noggin
  7. (Scotland, obsolete) The woodpecker
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To hang something on a peg
  2. (video games, slang) To kill (a player character) who gank you
  • gank
kneegrow etymology Phonetic respelling, as if from knee + grow.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, rare, derogatory, ethnic slur) alternative form of negro
kneelo etymology kneel + o
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (AU, slang) A kneeboarder.
knee pit
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) poplit shallow depression located at the back of the knee joint
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) a casual outdoor sexual encounter (commonly with a prostitute), usually in an alleyway or against a wall, with the man standing and the woman's knees raised
knickers {{wikipedia}} etymology Short for knickerbockers. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈnɪkəz/
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (colloquial, now US, rare) Knickerbockers.
    • 1931, William Faulkner, Sanctuary, Vintage 1993, p. 29: Students in the University were not permitted to keep cars, and the men – hatless, in knickers and bright pull-overs – looked down upon the town boys who wore hats cupped rigidly upon pomaded heads [...].
    • 1946, Mezz Mezzrow and Bernard Wolfe, Really the Blues, Payback Press 1999, p. 77: He was a student at Notre Dame, a robust Joe-College kind of kid, husky and tall and always dressed in plus-four knickers.
  2. (UK, NZ) Women's underpants.
    • 2010, Sali Hughes, ‘Calendar girls galore’, The Guardian, 24 Apr 2010: The debate here is not over whether raising £26,000 (and counting) for our troops is a wonderful thing – it unarguably is – but over whether, whenever times are tough and money must be found, our default reaction as women should be to take off our knickers to help out?
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. A mild exclamation of annoyance.
knick off
verb: {{head}}
  1. (AU, slang) alternative form of nick off
knicks etymology Abbreviation of knickers.
noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (British, colloquial) Knickers.
    • 2003, "The Greenham Common girl done good", The Times, 9 Feb 2003: “People never notice you when you are looking half- decent. During the sales I was in a communal changing room and was stripped down to my knicks — and not my best car accident knickers either — when a woman said, ‘Aren’t you that woman off the telly?’ and everyone stared.”
    • 2009, Miranda Sawyer, "Everything that you think is weird is normal to me", The Observer, 5 Jul 2009: Despite all the attention focused on Beth, when Gossip performs, they are without doubt a band: Nathan and Hannah Billie, the drummer, being just as cartoon charismatic as Beth herself, though perhaps less likely to strip to their knicks and dive-bomb the crowd.
  1. (cycling) Lycra pants (usually short) used by cyclists.
knife etymology Middle English knif, from late Old English cnīf, from Old Norse knífr (compare Danish/Swedish/Norwegian kniv), from Proto-Germanic *knībaz (compare Low German Knief, Luxembourgish Knäip ‘penknife’), from *knīpaną ‘to pinch’ (compare Dutch knijpen, Low German kniepen, Old High German gniffen), from Proto-Indo-European *gneibʰ- (compare Lithuanian gnýbti, žnýbti ‘to pinch’, gnaibis ‘pinching’). Replaced Middle English sax. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /naɪf/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A utensil or a tool designed for cutting, consisting of a flat piece of hard material, usually steel or other metal (the blade), usually sharpen on one edge, attached to a handle. The blade may be pointed for piercing.
    • 2007, Scott Smith, The Ruins, page 273 Jeff was bent low over the backboard, working with the knife, a steady sawing motion, his shirt soaked through with sweat.
  2. A weapon designed with the aforementioned specifications intended for slash and/or stab and too short to be called a sword. A dagger.
  3. Any blade-like part in a tool or a machine designed for cutting, such as the knives for a chipper.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To cut with a knife.
  2. (transitive) To use a knife to injure or kill by stab, slash, or otherwise using the sharp edge of the knife as a weapon.
  3. (intransitive) To cut through as if with a knife.
  4. (transitive) To betray, especially in the context of a political slate.
  5. (transitive) To positively ignore, especially in order to denigrate. compare cut
knitaholic etymology knit + aholic
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A knitting enthusiast.
knitting needle
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. A long, thin, pointed rod, used in pair to knit yarn
knob etymology From Middle English knobbe, from gml knobbe, knoppe, from Proto-Germanic *knuppô, from Proto-Indo-European *gneub-, *gneup-, cf. *gnebʰ-. Cognate with Dutch knop, German Knopf, Swedish knopp, Old English cnoppa. See also knop. pronunciation
  • (RP) {{enPR}}, /nɒb/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /nɑb/
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{homophones}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A round protuberance, handle, or control switch.
  2. (geography) A prominent rounded hill.
  3. A rounded ornament on the hilt of an edge weapon; a pommel.
  4. A prominent, rounded bump along a mountain ridge.
  5. (plural) (slang) Breasts.
  6. (British, NZ, slang) A penis.
  7. (slang, pejorative) A contemptible person.
  8. (cooking) A dollop, an amount just larger than a spoonful (usually referring to butter)
  9. A chunky branch-like piece, especially of a ginger rhizome.
    • 2001, David Joachim, The Clever Cook's Kitchen Handbook Place whole, unpeeled knobs of ginger in a zipper-lock freezer bag for up to 3 months. Slice or break off what you need and return the rest to the freezer.
Synonyms: See also
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (British, slang, vulgar, of a man) To have sex with.
  • bonk
knob cheese
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) Smegma which is secrete between the glans penis and foreskin or in the vulva.
  • cheekbones
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, vulgar, slang) A homosexual male
knobhead etymology knob + head
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, vulgar) The glans penis
  2. (British, pejorative, vulgar) A fool, idiot
Synonyms: (glans penis) bell-end, cockhead, (fool, idiot) bell-end, cockhead, dickhead
knob jockey
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, offensive, slang) A male homosexual.
knobstick etymology From knob + stick. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈnɒbstɪk/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A stick with a rounded knob at the end.
    • 1856, Richard F. Burton, First Footsteps in East Africa, Könemann 2000, p. 53: The “Budd”, or Somali club, resembles the Kafir “Tonga”. It is a knobstick, about a cubit long, made of some hard wood: the head is rounded on the inside, and the outside is cut to an edge.
  2. (slang) One who refuses to join, or withdraws from, a trade union.
    • 2009, Aaron Brenner, Benjamin Day, Immanuel Ness, The encyclopedia of strikes in American history (page 324) The mill agents, it was rumored, supplied the knobsticks with beer and whiskey, fearing to let them walk the streets.
knobtwat etymology From knob + twat.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (neologism, vulgar, informal, derogatory) A stupid or otherwise undesirable person.
knock {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English knocken, knokken, from Old English cnocian, ġecnocian, cnucian, from Proto-Germanic *knukōną, a suffixed form of *knu-, *kneu-, from Proto-Indo-European *gen-. Akin to Old Norse knoka (compare Swedish knocka, Danish knuge, to hug) and Middle High German knochen. Compare also Old English cnuian, cnuwian. pronunciation
  • (UK) /nɒk/
  • {{rhymes}}
  • (US) /nɑk/
  • {{audio}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An abrupt rapping sound, as from an impact of a hard object against wood I heard a knock on my door.
  2. An impact. He took a knock on the head.
  3. (figurative) criticism
    • 2012, Tom Lamont, How Mumford & Sons became the biggest band in the world (in The Daily Telegraph, 15 November 2012) Since forming in 2007 Mumford & Sons have hard-toured their way to a vast market for throaty folk that's strong on banjo and bass drum. They have released two enormous albums. But, wow, do they take some knocks back home.
  4. (cricket) a batsman's innings. He played a slow but sure knock of 35.
  5. (automotive) Preignition, a type of abnormal combustion occurring in spark ignition engines caused by self-ignition or the characteristic knocking sound associated with it.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To rap one's knuckle against something, especially wood. Knock on the door and find out if they're home.
  2. (transitive, dated) To strike for admittance; to rap upon, as a door.
    • Shakespeare Master, knock the door hard.
  3. (ambitransitive, dated) To bump or impact. I knocked against the table and bruised my leg. I accidentally knocked my drink off the bar.
    • 1900, L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Chapter 23 "The Silver Shoes," said the Good Witch, "have wonderful powers. And one of the most curious things about them is that they can carry you to any place in the world in three steps, and each step will be made in the wink of an eye. All you have to do is to knock the heels together three times and command the shoes to carry you wherever you wish to go."
  4. (colloquial) To denigrate, undervalue. Don't knock it until you've tried it.
  5. (soccer) To pass, kick a ball towards another player.
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  6. (slang, dated, UK) To impress strongly or forcibly; to astonish; to move to admiration or applause.
knock a buzzard off a shit wagon
phrase: {{head}}
  1. (US, slang, offensive) To smell extremely bad. Your breath could knock a buzzard off a shit wagon!
knockback etymology knock + back
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A blow that causes the recipient to fall or move backwards, a knock back; a recoil.
    • 2006, , , [http//|%22knockbacks%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=rxeYT5mZPOGhmQX2goiqBg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22knockback%22|%22knockbacks%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], He lifted his hand in a knockback spell, which would send me sailing right into the zombie.
  2. Something that impedes or reverses progress; a setback.
    • 2011, Lee Hobin, God, Why Are You Being So Cruel?, [http//|%22knockbacks%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=swuYT6XkBo_KmAWCwailBg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22knockback%22|%22knockbacks%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 188], …the chemo had not worked and had gone back into his brain.…He had knockback after knockback. It would have taken its toll on anyone.
  3. (UK, Australia, informal) A rejection; a refusal. He got a few knockbacks today when he tried to give his resume out at the local shops.
    • 1987, Rupert Lockwood, War on the Waterfront: Menzies, Japan, and the Pig-Iron Dispute, [http//|%22knockbacks%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&dq=%22knockback%22|%22knockbacks%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=yBuYT6r9OMuOmQWAzOj3BQ&redir_esc=y page 199], The only other knockback in the Port Kembla-Wollongong district was from Benny Westwood of the Advance Tyre Service. He, too, ordered us off the premises.
    • 1995, Heather Hogarth, Your First Job: Getting It, Keeping It, and Going Further, MacMillan Education Australia, [http//|%22knockbacks%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=vwiYT52ZHOLamAXlqfSeBg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22knockback%22|%22knockbacks%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 82], So you′ve had a knockback. All right, we don′t all get the first job we apply for.
    • 2010, Chris Rau, Dealing With the Media: A Handbook for Students, Activists, Community Groups and Anyone Who Can′t Afford a Spin Doctor, [http//|%22knockbacks%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=swuYT6XkBo_KmAWCwailBg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22knockback%22|%22knockbacks%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 3], They asked matter-of-fact questions about harrowing tales that the victims had been trying to tell other media outlets, only to receive knockback after knockback for more than a year.
    • 2010, , Tony Parsons on Life, Death and Breakfast, [http//|%22knockbacks%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=MRmYT56VCoP0mAXBqaCUBg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22knockback%22|%22knockbacks%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false unnumbered page], Nicole Kidman got a knockback because Su-Man was too busy whipping a certain Oscar-winning French actress into shape.
knock boots
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang, euphemistic) To have sexual intercourse.
    • 1986, , "Tramp", : You ain't knocking boots/ You ain't treating me like no prostitute
    • 1994, , Hollywood Rock, HarperPerennial (1994), ISBN 9780062732422, page 250: Of course they fall madly and deeply in love, as Biker Dude learns to respect a girl who won't knock boots on the first date.
knockdown {{wikipedia}} etymology knock + down
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An act of knocking down or the condition of being knocked down.
  2. An overwhelming blow.
  3. (slang, dated) Very strong ale or beer.
  4. (genetics) A genetically modified organism that carries one or more genes in its chromosomes that has been made less active or had its expression reduced.
  5. (genetics) The use of a reagent such as an oligonucleotide with sequence complementary to an active gene or its mRNA transcript, to interfere with the expression of said gene.
  6. (nautical) The condition of a sailboat being pushed abruptly to horizontal, with the mast parallel to the water surface.
  7. (soccer) a short pass played downwards, for example from the head onto someone's feet.
    • {{quote-news }}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. powerful enough to overwhelm or knock down a knockdown argument a knockdown blow
  2. reduced in price, originally to a price below which an article would not be sold by the auctioneer
  3. Capable of being taken apart for packing or removal. knockdown furniture
  4. (of a rivet head) To be formed into a head by upset in fasten.
knock down
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To hit or knock (something), intentionally or accidentally, so that it fall As I took the can off the shelf, I knocked down the one beside it.
  2. (transitive) To demolish. We knocked down the garden shed when we moved.
  3. (transitive) At an auction, to declare (something) sold with a blow from the gavel. The picture was knocked down for £50.
  4. (transitive, informal) To reduce the price of. They knocked it down by another £5, so we bought it.
  5. To drink fast I love to go down the pub and knock down pints of lager.
  6. (transitive, usually, passive) To disassemble for shipment. The furniture is shipped knocked down, so assembly is required.
Synonyms: (hit or knock (something) so that it falls) knock over, (demolish) demolish, destroy, (declare something sold at an auction with a blow from the gavel) sell, (reduce the price of) reduce
knocked up
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang) pregnant, typically outside of marriage.
Synonyms: See also
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of knock up
knocker etymology {{-er}} pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A device, usually hinged with a striking plate, used for knocking on a door.
  2. A person who knock (denigrate) something.
  3. (slang) (usually in plural) A woman's breasts.
  4. A dwarf, goblin, or sprite imagined to dwell in mines and to indicate the presence of ore by knocking particularly in Cardigan etc. in South Wales (18th..19th century).
  5. (pinball) A mechanical device in a pinball table that produces a loud percussive noise.
    • 1963, Harper's magazine (volume 226) A good game needs color, lights, bells, gongs, and knockers, all to assure the player he is making progress…
  6. (dated, slang) A person who is strikingly handsome or otherwise admirable; a stunner.
  7. A large cockroach, especially Blabera gigantea, of semitropical America, which is able to produce a loud knocking sound.
Synonyms: (a woman's breasts) See also
noun: {{head}}
  1. (slang) A woman's breasts.
  2. plural of knocker
Synonyms: see
knocking shop Alternative forms: knocking-shop
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chiefly, British, slang) Brothel.
    • 1945, , , Epilogue, Always reminds me of one of the costlier knocking-shops, you know—"Maison Japonaise".
knock knock {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. knock-knock joke
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (colloquial, often, childish) A phrase used to introduce a "knock knock joke" Knock knock./Who's there?/Wendy./Wendy who?/Wendy you want to open the door?
  2. (colloquial, often, childish) A phrase used in lieu of knock (e.g. on the door), when it is not possible to knock.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, now rare) A strong alcoholic drink.
    • 1982, TC Boyle, Water Music, Penguin 2006, p. 34: His mother didn't have the price of a bed, and so she crept into the outbuilding, the labor pains coming like blows to the groin, a bottle of clear white Knock-Me-Down clutched in her fist.
knockout {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: knock-out etymology From knock out. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈnɒkaʊt/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The act of making someone unconscious, or at least unable to come back on their feet within a certain period of time; a TKO. The boxer scored a knockout on his opponent.
  2. The deactivation of anything.
    • 1989, Network World (6 February 1989, page 82) Pull the plug on a node to see how the network handles a node knockout.
  3. (informal) Something wildly popular, entertain, or funny. If you've ever had a sack race, you know it's a real knockout for kids and adults alike.
  4. (informal) A very attractive person, especially a beautiful woman.
    • 1995, Rhonda K. Reinholtz et al., "Sexual Discourse and Sexual Intercourse," in P. J. Kalbfleisch and M. J. Cody, eds., Gender, Power, and Communications in Human Relationships, p. 150, Phrases such as "she bowled me over," "she's striking," and "she's a knockout" suggest that the woman affects the man in ways he cannot mediate or control.
  5. A partially punch opening meant for optional later removal. They left a knockout in the panel for running extra wires someday.
  6. (genetics) The deactivation of a particular gene.
  7. (genetics) A creature engineer with a particular gene deactivated.
  8. (printing) An event where a foreground color causes a background color not to print.
  9. (sports) A tournament in which a team or player must beat the opponent in order to progress to the next round. the knockout stages of the competition
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  • Portuguese: nocaute
  • Spanish: nocaut
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Rendering someone unconscious. He delivered a knockout blow.
  2. Amazing; gorgeous; beautiful. You should have seen her knockout eyes.
  3. (genetics) Designating an organism in which a particular gene has been removed or deactivated.
    • 1999, Matt Ridley, Genome, Harper Perennial 2004, p. 255: The result is a so-called knockout mouse, reared with a single gene silenced, the better to reveal that gene's true purpose.
  4. Causing elimination from a competition
    • 2012, Ben Smith, Leeds United 2-1 Everton Rodolph Austin delivered the knockout blow from close range 20 minutes from time, after Aidan White had given Leeds a dream start after four minutes.
related terms:
  • knock one's socks off
  • knock out
  • technical knockout, TKO
knockout drop
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, US, mostly, plural) A drop of a drug used to make a person fall asleep or become unconscious or stupefied for the purpose of robbery, etc., typically by mixing it into a drink.
knock over
verb: {{head}}
  1. To bump or strike something in such a way as to tip it I knocked over a can of paint and spent the next hour cleaning up.
  2. (slang, idiomatic) To rob; to stage a heist The bandits knocked over another bank, making three this week.
related terms:
  • knock
  • knock off
knock up pronunciation
  • /nɒk ʌp/
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (colloquial) To put together, fabricate, or assemble, particularly if done hastily or temporarily. See also knock together. {{defdate}} I'll just knock up a quick demo for the sales presentation.
  2. (British) To awaken (someone) as by knocking at the door; rouse; call; summon; also, to go door-to-door on election day to persuade a candidate's supporters to go to the polling station and vote. See also knocker up. {{defdate}}
    • 1851, , , However, by dint of beating about a little in the dark, and now and then knocking up a peaceable inhabitant to inquire the way, we at last came to something which there was no mistaking.
    • 1892, Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventure of the Speckled Band, “Very sorry to knock you up, Watson,” said he, “but it's the common lot this morning. Mrs. Hudson has been knocked up, she retorted upon me, and I on you.”
    • 1966: Ngaio Marsh, Death at the Dolphin, page 160 ‘I didn't knock you up when I came in,’ Peregrine said. ‘There seemed no point. It was getting light. I just thought I’d leave the note to wake me at seven. And oddly enough I did sleep. Heavily.’
  3. (dated) To exhaust; wear out; weary; beat; tire out; to fatigue until unable to do more. {{defdate}}
    • 1861, John Petherick, Egypt, the Soudan and Central Africa, page 389 The day being exceedingly hot, the want of food had knocked up my followers…
  4. (dated, intransitive) To become exhausted or worn out; to fail of strength; to become wearied, as with labor; to give out. {{defdate}}
    • 1856, Thomas de Quincey, Memorials, page 81 …the horses were beginning to knock up under the fatigue of such severe service…
  5. (slang) To impregnate, especially out of wedlock. See knocked up. {{defdate}} I guess his summer plans are shot now that he knocked his girlfriend up.
  6. (racket sports, intransitive) To gently hit the ball back and forth before a tennis match, as practice or warm-up, and to gauge the state of the playing surface, lighting, etc. See knock-up. {{defdate}} Official Knock up: if the players knock up together a maximum of five minutes shall be permitted; if they knock up separately each player shall be permitted to knock up for a maximum of five minutes. The Tennis & Rackets Association - Tournament Rules
  7. (bookbinding) To make even at the edges, or to shape into book form. to knock up printed sheets
knot {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /nɒt/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{homophones}} (some dialects)
etymology 1 From Old English cnotta, from Proto-Germanic *knuttan-; (cognate with Old High German knoto (German Knoten, Dutch knot, Low German Knütte); compare also Old Norse knútr > Danish knude, Swedish knut, Norwegian knute, Icelandic hnútur). Probably ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *nod-, compare Latin nodus and its Romance successors.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A loop of a piece of string or of any other long, flexible material that cannot be untangled without passing one or both ends of the material through its loops. Climbers must make sure that all knots are both secure and of types that will not weaken the rope.
  2. (of hair, etc) A tangle clump. The nurse was brushing knots from the protesting child's hair.
  3. A maze-like pattern.
    • Milton Flowers worthy of paradise, which, not nice art / In beds and curious knots, but nature boon / Poured forth profuse on hill, and dale, and plain.
  4. (mathematics) A non-self-intersecting closed curve in (e.g., three-dimensional) space that is an abstraction of a knot (in sense 1 above). A knot can be defined as a non-self-intersecting broken line whose endpoints coincide: when such a knot is constrained to lie in a plane, then it is simply a polygon.     A knot in its original sense can be modeled as a mathematical knot (or link) as follows: if the knot is made with a single piece of rope, then abstract the shape of that rope and then extend the working end to merge it with the standing end, yielding a mathematical knot. If the knot is attached to a metal ring, then that metal ring can be modeled as a trivial knot and the pair of knots become a link. If more than one mathematical knot (or link) can be thus obtained, then the simplest one (avoiding detours) is probably the one which one would want.
  5. A difficult situation. I got into a knot when I inadvertently insulted a policeman.
    • South A man shall be perplexed with knots, and problems of business, and contrary affairs.
  6. The whorl left in lumber by the base of a branch growing out of the tree's trunk. When preparing to tell stories at a campfire, I like to set aside a pile of pine logs with lots of knots, since they burn brighter and make dramatic pops and cracks.
  7. Local swelling in a tissue area, especially skin, often due to injury. Jeremy had a knot on his head where he had bumped it on the bedframe.
  8. A protuberant joint in a plant.
  9. Any knob, lump, swelling, or protuberance.
    • Tennyson With lips serenely placid, felt the knot / Climb in her throat.
  10. The point on which the action of a story depends; the gist of a matter. the knot of the tale
  11. (engineering) A node.
  12. A kind of epaulet; a shoulder knot.
  13. A group of people or things.
    • Shakespeare his ancient knot of dangerous adversaries
    • Sir Walter Scott As they sat together in small, separate knots, they discussed doctrinal and metaphysical points of belief.
    • 1968, Bryce Walton, Harpoon Gunner, Thomas Y. Crowell Company, NY, (1968), page 20, He pushed through knots of whalemen grouped with their families and friends, and surrounded by piles of luggage.
  14. A bond of union; a connection; a tie.
    • Shakespeare with nuptial knot
    • Bishop Hall ere we knit the knot that can never be loosed
related terms: {{top2}}
  • get knotted
  • Gordian knot
  • granny knot
  • knot theory
  • knotty
  • red knot
  • reef knot
  • slipknot
  • unknot
  • Windsor knot
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To form into a knot; to tie with a knot or knots. We knotted the ends of the rope to keep it from unravelling.
    • Tennyson as tight as I could knot the noose
  2. To form wrinkles in the forehead, as a sign of concentration, concern, surprise, etc. She knotted her brow in concentration while attempting to unravel the tangled strands.
  3. To unite closely; to knit together. {{rfquotek}}
  4. (obsolete, rare) To entangle or perplex; to puzzle.
Synonyms: (form into a knot) bind, tie, (form wrinkles in forehead) knit
  • (form into a knot) loosen, unbind, unknot, untie
etymology 2 From the practice of counting the number of knots in the log-line (as it plays out) in a standard time. Traditionally spaced at one every 1/120th of a mile.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (nautical) A unit of speed, equal to one nautical mile per hour. Cedric claimed his old yacht could make 12 knots.
  2. (slang) A nautical mile (incorrectly)
etymology 3 Supposed to be derived from the name of King Canute, with whom the bird was a favourite article of food. See the species epithet canutus.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One of a variety of shore bird; the red-breasted sandpiper (variously Calidris canutus or {{taxlink}}).
  • tonk, Tonk
knothead etymology knot + head
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A stupid or stubborn person.
know {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English knowen, from Old English cnāwan, from Proto-Germanic *knēaną, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵneh₃- 〈*ǵneh₃-〉. Cognate with Scots knaw, Icelandic kná. {{rel-top}}
  • from Proto-Germanic: Old High German knājan, Old Norse kná, Dutch and German kennen, Western Frisian kenne
  • from Indo-European: Latin cognoscō (Spanish conocer, French connaître, Italian conoscere, Portuguese conhecer), Ancient Greek γνωρίζω 〈gnōrízō〉 and γνῶσις 〈gnō̂sis〉, Albanian njoh, Russian знать 〈znatʹ〉, and Persian شناختن 〈sẖnạkẖtn〉.
  • (UK) /nəʊ/
  • (US) /noʊ/
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To perceive the truth or factuality of; to be certain of or that. exampleI know that I’m right and you’re wrong.  {{nowrap}} 〈I know that I’m right and you’re wrong.  {{nowrap}}
  2. (transitive) To be aware of; to be cognizant of. exampleDid you know Michelle and Jack were getting divorced? ― Yes, I knew.  {{nowrap}}  {{nowrap}} 〈Did you know Michelle and Jack were getting divorced? ― Yes, I knew.  {{nowrap}}  {{nowrap}}
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 1 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients], 1 , “I stumbled along through the young pines and huckleberry bushes. Pretty soon I struck into a sort of path that, I cal'lated, might lead to the road I was hunting for. It twisted and turned, and, the first thing I knew, made a sudden bend around a bunch of bayberry scrub and opened out into a big clear space like a lawn.”
  3. (transitive) To be acquainted or familiar with; to have encounter. exampleI know your mother, but I’ve never met your father. 〈I know your mother, but I’ve never met your father.〉
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 1 , “I was about to say that I had known the Celebrity from the time he wore kilts. But I see I will have to amend that, because he was not a celebrity then, nor, indeed, did he achieve fame until some time after I left New York for the West.”
  4. (transitive) To experience. exampleTheir relationship knew ups and downs.
    • 1991, Irvin Haas, Historic Homes of the American Presidents, p.155: The Truman family knew good times and bad,{{nb...}}.
  5. (transitive) To distinguish, to discern, particularly by contrast or comparison; to recognize the nature of. exampleto know a person's face or figure;  {{nowrap}}  {{nowrap}}
    • Bible, Gospel of Matthew 7.16: Ye shall know them by their fruits.
    • {{RQ:RnhrtHpwd Bat}} The Bat—they called him the Bat.{{nb...}}. He'd never been in stir, the bulls had never mugged him, he didn't run with a mob, he played a lone hand, and fenced his stuff so that even the fence couldn't swear he knew his face.
    • 1980, Armored and mechanized brigade operations, p.3−29: Flares do not know friend from foe and so illuminate both. Changes in wind direction can result in flare exposure of the attacker while defenders hide in the shadows.
  6. (transitive) To recognize as the same (as someone or something previously encountered) after an absence or change.
    • {{circa}} Thomas Flatman, Translation of Part of Petronius Arbiter's Satyricon At nearer view he thought he knew the dead, / And call'd the wretched man to mind.
    • 1818, Mary Shelley, Frankenstein: Ernest also is so much improved, that you would hardly know him:{{nb...}}.
  7. (followed by [[how]] and a verb) To understand from experience or study. exampleLet me do it. I know how it works.  {{nowrap}}
  8. (transitive) To understand (a subject). exampleShe knows chemistry better than anybody else.  {{nowrap}}
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  9. (transitive, archaic, Biblical) To have sexual relation with.
    • {{RQ:Authorized Version}}, Book of Genesis 4.1: And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.
  10. (intransitive) To have knowledge; to have information, be informed. exampleIt is vital that he not know.  {{nowrap}}  {{nowrap}}
    • {{RQ:Frgsn Zlnstn}} “My Continental prominence is improving,” I commented dryly. ¶ Von Lindowe cut at a furze bush with his silver-mounted rattan. ¶ “Quite so,” he said as dryly, his hand at his mustache. “I may say if your intentions were known your life would not be worth a curse.”
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  11. (intransitive) To be or become aware or cognizant. exampleDid you know Michelle and Jack were getting divorced? ― Yes, I knew. 〈Did you know Michelle and Jack were getting divorced? ― Yes, I knew.〉
  12. (intransitive, obsolete) To be acquainted (with another person).
    • 1607, William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra, {{nowrap}}: You and I have known, sir.
  • 1599, William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, scene 1: O, that a man might know / The end of this day's business ere it come! / But it sufficeth that the day will end, / And then the end is known.
  • 1839, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Light of Stars, Voices of the Night: O fear not in a world like this, / And thou shalt know erelong, / Know how sublime a thing it is, / To suffer and be strong.
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  • "Knowen" is found in some old texts as the past participle.
  • In some old texts, the form "know to [verb]" rather than "know how to [verb]" is found, e.g. Milton wrote "he knew himself to sing, and build the lofty rhymes".
related terms:
  • get to know
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Knowledge; the state of knowing.
    • 1623, William Shakespeare, Hamlet (1623 first folio edition), act 5, scene 2: That on the view and know of these Contents, … He should the bearers put to … death,
  • {{rank}}
  • wonk
know from a bar of soap
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (UK, Australian, NZ, idiomatic, informal) To know; to be acquainted with (a person). After she won the lottery, Marge had long-lost relatives she didn't know from a bar of soap come up to her to ask for money.
This expression is more commonly used in its negative form.
contraction: {{en-cont}}
  1. (informal) Know what I mean?
    • 1972, , Esquire, Volume 77, Issues 1-3‎, Esquire, Inc., page 155 But it's not destroying me, knowhatimean?
    • 2002, Serge Valletti, Richard Bean , Le Pub!, Oberon Books, page 82 t's all double beds upstairs, it'll be a bit of a squash, but she's a widow, knowhatimean, sorry, no offence,[...]
    • 2005, Woody Leonhard , Windows XP hacks & mods for dummies, John Wiley & Sons, page 51 Just because you can change it, doesn't imply you should change it. Knowhatimean?
    • 2006, Ben Saunders (quoting Monty Python), Desiring Donne: poetry, sexuality, interpretation‎, Harvard University Press, page 90 "is she a goer, your wife — nudge, nudge, wink, wink, knowhatimean?"
know-it-all Alternative forms: (UK, Ireland) know-all
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) Someone who obnoxiously claims to be knowledgeable on a subject, but isn't. We had it all figured out, but this know-it-all marched in with "the correct way of solving it", leaving our experiment in shambles.
knowledge {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: (obsolete) knolege, knowlage, knowleche, knowledg, knowlege, knowliche, knowlych, knowlech, (obsolete, uncommon, Scottish) knaulege, knaulage, knawlage, (obsolete, uncommon) knoleche, knoleige, knowlache, knolych, (obsolete, verb) knawlache etymology From Middle English knowleche, of uncertain formation. The first element is ultimately identical with know, but the second is obscure (neither Old Norse -leikr nor Old English -lāċ would have given -leche as found in the earliest Middle English citations). Compare Middle English knowlechen, Old English cnāwelǣċing, cnāwlǣċ, and know. Compare also freeledge.
  • The noun originally provided a counterpart to the now-obsolete verb to knowledge (see below), but was very early adapted to be the noun equivalent of know.
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /ˈnɒlɪdʒ/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˈnɑlɪdʒ/
  • {{rhymes}}
  • {{audio}}
  • {{hyphenation}} {{hyphenation}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) Acknowledgement. {{defdate}}
  2. The fact of knowing about something; general understanding or familiarity with a subject, place, situation etc. {{defdate}} exampleHis knowledge of Iceland was limited to what he'd seen on the Travel Channel.
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  3. Awareness of a particular fact or situation; a state of having been informed or made aware of something. {{defdate}}
    • 1813, Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice: He had always intended to visit him, though to the last always assuring his wife that he should not go; and till the evening after the visit was paid she had no knowledge of it.
  4. Intellectual understanding; the state of appreciating truth or information. {{defdate}} exampleKnowledge consists in recognizing the difference between good and bad decisions.
  5. Familiarity or understanding of a particular skill, branch of learning etc. {{defdate}} exampleDoes your friend have any knowledge of hieroglyphs, perchance?
  6. (archaic or legal) Sexual intimacy or intercourse (now usually in phrase carnal knowledge). {{defdate}}
    • 1573, George Gascoigne, "The Adventures of Master F.J.", An Anthology of Elizabethan Prose Fiction: Every time that he had knowledge of her he would leave, either in the bed, or in her cushion-cloth, or by her looking-glass, or in some place where she must needs find it, a piece of money{{nb...}}.
  7. (obsolete) Information or intelligence about something; notice. {{defdate}}
    • 1580, Edward Hayes, "Sir Humphrey Gilbert's Voyage to Newfoundland", Voyages and Travels Ancient and Modern, ed. Charles W Eliot, Cosimo 2005, p. 280: Item, if any ship be in danger{{nb...}}, every man to bear towards her, answering her with one light for a short time, and so to put it out again; thereby to give knowledge that they have seen her token.
  8. The total of what is known; all information and products of learning. {{defdate}} exampleHis library contained the accumulated knowledge of the Greeks and Romans.
  9. (countable) Something that can be known; a branch of learning; a piece of information; a science. {{defdate}}
    • {{RQ:Flr Mntgn Essays}}, II.12: he weakened his braines much, as all men doe, who over nicely and greedily will search out those knowledges {{transterm}}, which hang not for their mowing, nor pertaine unto them.
    • Francis Bacon There is a great difference in the delivery of the mathematics, which are the most abstracted of knowledges.
  10. (obsolete) Notice, awareness. {{defdate}}
    • 1611, The Bible, Authorized Version, Ruth II.10: Then she fell on her face, and bowed herself to the ground, and said unto him, Why have I found grace in thine eyes, that thou shouldest take knowledge of me, seeing I am a stranger?
  11. (UK, informal) The deep familiarity with certain route and places of interest required by taxicab driver working in London, England.
    • Malcolm Bobbitt, Taxi! - The Story of the London Cab There is only one sure way to memorise the runs and that is to follow them, either on foot, cycle or motor cycle; hence, the familiar sight of would-be cabbies learning the knowledge during evenings and weekends.
  • 1996, Jan Jindy Pettman, Worlding Women: A feminist international politics, pages ix-x: There are by now many feminisms (Tong, 1989; Humm, 1992).…They are in shifting alliance or contest with postmodern critiques, which at times seem to threaten the very category 'women' and its possibilities for a feminist politics. These debates inform this attempt at worlding women—moving beyond white western power centres and their dominant knowledges{{nb...}}.
  • Adjectives often used with “knowledge”: extensive, deep, superficial, theoretical, practical, useful, working, encyclopedic, public, private, scientific, tacit, explicit, general, specialized, special, broad, declarative, procedural, innate, etc.
related terms:
  • knowing
Synonyms: awareness, cognizance, ken, knowingness, learning
  • ignorance
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (obsolete) To confess as true; to acknowledge. {{defdate}}
    • 1526, Bible, tr. William Tyndale, Matthew 3: Then went oute to hym Jerusalem, and all Jury, and all the region rounde aboute Jordan, and were baptised of hym in Jordan, knoledging their synnes.
  • {{rank}}
know one's ass from a hole in the ground Alternative forms: know one's ass from one's elbow, know one's head from a hole in the ground, know the difference between one's ass and a hole in the ground
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, vulgar) To have an adequate level of knowledge or skill; to understand what one is doing or talking about.
    • 2004, , The Reaches, ISBN 9780743471770, (Google preview): "Why are you so sure and they aren't?" the landsman said. . . . "Because Mr. Ricimer knows his ass from a hole in the ground, sir."
    • 2005 June 12, , "First Chapter: Wilt, 1962," New York Times (retrieved 26 July 2014): Foxx gave a comic's pause. "Just goes to show you, don't it? Some folks don't know their ass from a hole in the ground."
    • 2006 Dec. 5, David Kiley, "Chrysler "Whoops" Ads Part of Important New Genre," Businessweek (retrieved 26 July 2014): In the unofficial ad, the facilitator says about the man whose wife will be replaced, “This guy wouldn’t know his ass from a hole in the ground.”
  • Almost always used in negative constructions to describe someone's ignorance or stupidity, such as: He doesn't know his ass from a hole in the ground.
Synonyms: know what one is about, know shit from Shinola
know one's stuff
verb: {{head}}
  1. (intransitive, informal) To be knowledgeable in a particular field. Joe really knows his stuff when it comes to baseball.
Synonyms: know one's onions
know what one is about Alternative forms: know what one is doing
verb: {{head}}
  1. (informal) To understand one's situation, how to act in that situation, and the result of those actions.
Synonyms: know one's ass from a hole in the ground, know shit from Shinola
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (baseball, humorous) A knuckleball. He threw one heck of a knuckleballer that time.
  2. (baseball) A baseball pitcher that throws a knuckleball
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A bone that forms a knuckle in the human hand, in an animal's paw or any bone that forms a similar bump.
  2. Such a bone once used in children's games of chance
    1. (slang) A die
knucklebones {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{head}} (always plural)
  1. plural of knucklebone
  2. a game with similarities to jacks and dice
  3. (slang) dice
knuckle dragger etymology An allusion to the practice of less-evolve larger primate of walking upright with their knuckles close to the ground.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, often, derogatory) A large, strong, and rather dimwitted person.
    • 2008, Pat Hickey, "Prepare the Pulitzer," Chicago Daily Observer, 21 Dec. (retrieved 5 Jan. 2009): Mickey was wide receiver on the St. Rita Football Team in 2007—a big strapping, robust south side knuckle dragger and chick magnet.
Synonyms: Neanderthal
knuckle-dragging etymology From the habit of some primate of walking with the forelimbs dragging along the ground.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (pejorative) Holding belief, or having attitude thought to be primitive or uncivilised.
knuckle sandwich
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A punch to the face, especially to the mouth.
    • 1957, and , Anniversary Waltz: Comedy in Three Acts, ISBN 9780822200505, p. 20: OKKIE. (Raises his fist, kissing the knuckles menacingly—follows her to bottom of steps.) How would you like a knuckle sandwich?
    • 2002, Ira Berkow, "Sports of The Times: A Babe Ruth Myth Is Stirred Up Again," New York Times, 7 Apr. (retrieved 7 June 2009): Rather than an embrace, the Babe would most assuredly like to have given a knuckle sandwich to the executives of that candy corps. Or hit them over the head with his 42-ounce bat.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (archaic, informal, Edwardian) An idle upper-class man-about-town[ Edwardian Slang Terms] Oh Hades! the Ladies who leave their wooden huts,For Gilbert the Filbert, the colonel of the knuts...
Synonyms: playboy, hedonist
koala bear
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A koala.

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