\ˈnak \

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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HANDS Hopkins has developed a knack for making one-handed catches look routine. Kristie Rieken, The Seattle Times, "Miller’s big game helps Texans beat Dolphins 42-23," 26 Oct. 2018 Ilyasova's also known as a willing team defender who has a knack for being in the right place at the right time and uses that positioning to take charges. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ersan Ilyasova reportedly reuniting with Bucks," 30 June 2018 Kane’s goal-scoring knack is pure genius, making him virtually unstoppable at Tottenham Hotspur and ranking him with the very best in the world. Bruce Jenkins,, "How Harry Nilsson turned me into a lifelong fan of England’s national soccer team," 19 June 2018 Luckily for Velasquez, BABIP regression (.267) and a knack for leaving runners on base helped cover up the additional free passes. Greg Pyron, USA TODAY, "Fantasy baseball: April, May stats can tell two different stories," 6 June 2018 Having a knack for shooting while attending the Border Patrol Academy in New Mexico around 2008, the 38-year-old channeled his talents into becoming a firearms instructor for the Border Patrol. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Chris Morris defends borders, preps civilians for attacks," 18 May 2018 The president's knack for offending other cultures and dragging lawmakers into his vortex could be a great equalizer even for strong incumbents. Alex Daugherty And David Smiley, miamiherald, "Are Miami Democrats overplaying their hand on Trump's 'animals' comment? | Miami Herald," 17 May 2018 America’s knack for maintaining an air of robust innocence in the wake of mass death struck Hitler as an example to be emulated. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "How American Racism Influenced Hitler," 23 Apr. 2018 Balenciaga’s knack for tailoring and re-thinking traditional silhouettes was the product of his decades-long interest in sewing. Mary Dellas, The Cut, "30 Previously Unseen Balenciaga Designs on Display This Week," 20 Mar. 2018

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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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