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 As my most-faithful readers will know, a doorknob located in Danbury, Conn., tested positive and shrunk our Thanksgiving plans. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "On Year-End COVID Fatigue," 18 Dec. 2020 Cuteness abounds, and depending on how many toddlers are in your orbit, so does familiarity: Why, what better to hang on and then fling myself from than this here doorknob? Margaret Lyons, New York Times, "How Much Watching Time Do You Have This Weekend?," 3 Dec. 2020 Aim for a spot just above the doorknob, which is the weakest point on the door. Kevin Dupzyk And Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Open a Locked Door Without the Key," 18 Nov. 2020 Late last week, a doorknob there tested positive for COVID-19. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Thanksgiving, If You Can Keep It," 25 Nov. 2020 Now, hold the wire with one hand and grab the doorknob with other. Kevin Dupzyk And Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Open a Locked Door Without the Key," 18 Nov. 2020 Marvel at the way the nose comes away in your hand like a doorknob and how the ears don’t seem to be attached to anything. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Our Favorite Projects for Hunting Camp," 8 Oct. 2020 And don’t forget the doorknob, which is possibly one of the highest-touch spots of the house. Brigitt Earley, Good Housekeeping, "7 Little Things You Can Do Every Day to Keep Your Home Cleaner," 27 Oct. 2020 As election season reaches a crescendo, campaign ads aren’t just hanging from your doorknob, filling up your mailbox, cluttering your inbox, interrupting your favorite TV shows and beckoning from billboards. Author: Linda Robertson Miami Herald, Anchorage Daily News, "That annoying barrage of political texts? It’s only going to get worse," 25 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of doorknob

1835, in the meaning defined above

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7 Jan 2021

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“Doorknob.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of doorknob

: a round handle that you turn to open a door

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