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Definition of knack

1 : a special ready capacity that is hard to analyze or teach
2a : a clever trick or stratagem
b : a clever way of doing something
3 archaic : an ingenious device broadly : toy, knickknack

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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

Examples of knack in a Sentence

She has a knack for telling interesting stories. The jazz musician has an incredible knack for improvisation.
Recent Examples on the Web Andrew had a knack for the pulleys and trapdoors, the mirrors and smoke. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "Andrew Cuomo, the King of New York," 12 Oct. 2020 Harris said her daughter was a peacemaker who had a knack for connecting with all types of people. oregonlive, "Portland mom hopes to honor daughter’s memory by working to end teen domestic violence," 8 Oct. 2020 Buzz: Has a knack for finding scoring opportunities in limited time. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings' NHL draft class 2020: Plenty of fresh faces and one familiar one," 7 Oct. 2020 By 1942, Singh, who had a knack for publicity and networking, was in charge of the group. Dinyar Patel, The Atlantic, "Kamala Harris and the ‘Other 1 Percent’," 7 Oct. 2020 Quick and nimble, Aaron had a knack for outwitting larger defensive players. Rachel Swan,, "Teen gunned down in East Oakland is latest loss for team, community," 5 Oct. 2020 Former intelligence leaders say that Trump has a knack for creating sycophantic followers—a skill shared among strong authoritarian leaders throughout the world. Peter Stone, The New Republic, "The Real Deep State Is Trump," 2 Oct. 2020 Allman agents also have a knack for identifying hard-to-find properties and getting them to the right buyers. Dallas News, "Firm showcasing ‘luxury on another level’," 27 Sep. 2020 Much like her idiosyncratic brothers, Enola is a rare Victorian breed — a girl who has a knack for martial arts, cryptograms, and science experiments that involve blowing things up. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Enola Holmes is the feminist romp the Holmes canon needs: Review," 23 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of knack

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

History and Etymology for knack

Middle English knak

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19 Oct 2020

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“Knack.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of knack

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


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Kids Definition of knack

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

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