noun \ˈnak\

: an ability, talent, or special skill needed to do something

Full Definition of KNACK

a :  a clever trick or stratagem
b :  a clever way of doing something
:  a special ready capacity that is hard to analyze or teach
archaic :  an ingenious device; broadly :  toy, knickknack

Examples of KNACK

  1. <she's tried every knack in Cupid's book to get her guy to marry her>
  2. <a jazz musician with an incredible knack for improvisation>

Origin of KNACK

Middle English knak
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of KNACK

gift, faculty, aptitude, bent, talent, genius, knack mean a special ability for doing something. gift often implies special favor by God or nature <the gift of singing beautifully>. faculty applies to an innate or less often acquired ability for a particular accomplishment or function <a faculty for remembering names>. aptitude implies a natural liking for some activity and the likelihood of success in it <a mechanical aptitude>. bent is nearly equal to aptitude but it stresses inclination perhaps more than specific ability <a family with an artistic bent>. talent suggests a marked natural ability that needs to be developed <has enough talent to succeed>. genius suggests impressive inborn creative ability <has no great genius for poetry>. knack implies a comparatively minor but special ability making for ease and dexterity in performance <the knack of getting along>.
KNACK Defined for Kids


noun \ˈnak\

Definition of KNACK for Kids

:  a natural ability :  talent <She has a knack for making friends.>
:  a clever or skillful way of doing something :  trick <Skating is easy once you get the knack.>


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