knack

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noun \ˈnak\

Definition of knack

  1. 1 :  a special ready capacity that is hard to analyze or teach

  2. 2a :  a clever trick or stratagemb :  a clever way of doing something

  3. 3 archaic :  an ingenious device; broadly :  toy, knickknack

Examples of knack in a Sentence

  1. she's tried every knack in Cupid's book to get her guy to marry her

  2. a jazz musician with an incredible knack for improvisation

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Origin and Etymology of knack

Middle English knak

Synonym Discussion of knack

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

KNACK Defined for English Language Learners

knack

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Definition of knack for English Language Learners

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


KNACK Defined for Kids

knack

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noun \ˈnak\

Definition of knack for Students

  1. 1 :  a natural ability :  talent She has a knack for making friends.

  2. 2 :  a clever or skillful way of doing something :  trick Skating is easy once you get the knack.



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