door·​knob | \ ˈdȯr-ˌnäb How to pronounce doorknob (audio) \

Definition of doorknob

: a knob that releases a door latch

Examples of doorknob in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Talk to us parents about a code like hanging a sock on the bedroom doorknob. Author: Wayne And Wanda, Anchorage Daily News, "Readers weigh in on young couple that wants to get frisky but still lives at home," 19 Oct. 2019 Nineteen products, including infant sleepers, doorknobs, chairs and clothing, were included in the warning. Leada Gore |, al, "T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods selling recalled products, federal agency warns," 27 Nov. 2019 Hey, that metal doorknob looks nice, and it’s relatively uncrowded. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Tired of getting zapped? Here's why static electricity is everywhere, and how to avoid it," 13 Nov. 2019 However, Ferguson told the story of starting his career as a high school teacher in Baltimore and having to carry a pair of scissors in his pocket because his classroom's doorknob was broken. Erin Cox, Washington Post, "Maryland leaders propose record $2.2 billion to quickly build, repair schools," 6 Nov. 2019 Deputy District Attorney Kristie Nikoletich said Mumin, 34, was hiding inside the dark room when Detective James Mackay jiggled the doorknob of one of two doors about 18 inches apart. Pauline Repard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Jury deliberating whether man killed Clairemont minimart customer shot at police," 8 Oct. 2019 For days, residents woke up to find the fliers hanging from their doorknobs. Rachel Swan,, "Amid protests, SF board names Chinatown subway station after Rose Pak," 20 Aug. 2019 In addition, Edelman has her students wipe down doorknobs, computer mouses, and keyboards with disinfectant wipes. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "I Have a Compromised Immune System—I Rely on Herd Immunity to Live," 26 Aug. 2019 Charleston wore lion doorknob earrings and Thomas, lion cufflinks and a horse-and-jockey broach. Dave Quinn,, "Go Inside Reagan Charleston's 'Perfect' Southern Charm New Orleans Wedding," 2 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of doorknob

1835, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of doorknob was in 1835

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6 Jan 2020

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“Doorknob.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of doorknob

: a round handle that you turn to open a door

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