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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.

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The English trio has always had a knack for relaxing escape music, with its greatest trance classics creating safe spaces of melody and mood. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Above & Beyond Announce Yoga Event Series in Conjunction With Their New 'Flow State' LP," 27 June 2019 Like her mother, Judy sees dead people and has a knack for demonic containment. Darren Franich,, "Annabelle Comes Home pushes the Conjuring universe toward absurdity: EW review," 24 June 2019 Atletico Madrid have a knack for unearthing South American gems; Diego Godin, Sergio Aguero and Diego Costa were all relatively unknown before Los Rojiblancos turned them into household names., "Transfer Rumours: Delph Departing City, Ndombele to PSG, Lukaku to Spain(?) & More," 22 June 2019 The singer has a knack for making baggy streetwear look cool, and reminded us of just that when Rihanna was spotted at the airport at JFK Tuesday. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Rihanna, Icon, Wore Manolo Blahnik Heels With Sweatpants," 18 June 2019 Mo Claiborne had a knack for inopportune penalties. Manish Mehta,, "The Jets failed to land a cornerback in the draft. Can they find one before it’s too late?," 13 June 2019 Yonally has a knack for nuanced tap choreography like no other — drawing emotion from the timbre and rhythms of each step, and traveling it up the body. Lauren Warnecke,, "Chicago Tap’s ambitious ‘Saving the World’ is a sassy step into politics," 9 June 2019 One, the Padres have a knack for producing ace closers out of scratch. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: What’s up with Padres? Thoughts on Tatis, possible Yates trade & more," 7 June 2019 Saidie Heatter, a former elementary school teacher, had a knack for last-minute, fabulous entertaining. Bonnie S. Benwick, Washington Post, "Maida Heatter, prolific cookbook author who was dubbed the Queen of Cake, dies at 102," 7 June 2019

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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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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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