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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 While abroad, Allan developed a knack for sketching bustling street life in urban hubs such as Rome and Naples. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Nov. 2021 Brien has been a true Man About Town, with a knack for finding interesting stuff to do every week, all over our area. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 4 Nov. 2021 To make up for that, however, McMillan has developed an incredible knack for catching the ball at its highest point and twisting his body to shield off defenders and make circus catches. oregonlive, 27 Aug. 2021 After the singer's niece introduced her to the social media platform, Warwick, 80, developed a knack for off-the-cuff and unexpected comments. Liz Mcneil,, 17 June 2021 Between Hamilton, One Night in Miami, and his turn in Kenneth Branagh's take on Murder on the Orient Express, Odom has developed a knack for ensemble pieces. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 16 June 2021 The songs represent the early flowering of one of Miranda’s great gifts: his knack for fitting a lot of words—cleverly, jauntily—into relatively compact musical compartments without making the airspace too crowded. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 10 June 2021 Malin + Goetz has a knack for scents — Lime Tonic, Dark Rum, Cannabis — that only seem simple. New York Times, 12 May 2021 Drag queens have a knack for making something wonderful out of nothing and in true form, the art and its artists have used the pandemic as an opportunity to make drag more accessible than ever — and earn some coins in the process. Jihan Forbes, Allure, 30 Apr. 2021

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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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“Knack.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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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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