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Definition of knap

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 chiefly dialectal : a crest of a hill : summit
2 chiefly dialectal : a small hill


knapped; knapping

Definition of knap (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to break with a quick blow especially : to shape (something, such as flints) by breaking off pieces
2 dialectal British : rap entry 2 sense 1
3 dialectal British : snap, crop
4 dialectal British : chatter

Other Words from knap


knapper noun

Examples of knap in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Knowing how to make a friction fire, or how to whittle a paddle out of a log, or how to knap stone arrowheads all have their place in a survival situation (particularly fire making). Jim Baird, Field & Stream, 3 Aug. 2020 There was the first time someone knapped and hafted a rock onto a spear shaft, and the first time someone strung up a bow. Tyler Freel, Outdoor Life, 19 Mar. 2020 His hair was unruly and his large, blunt fingers were usually fishing for a cigarette, except when preoccupied with his favourite hobby: knapping prehistoric flint tools. 1843, 20 Feb. 2020 Shaggy Briton woodsmen in the vast pre-Roman forests of Cumbria, gripping their sacred Langdale axes, with glimmering heads knapped from the rare volcanic greenstone mined from the Pike of Stickle. Jonny Diamond, Longreads, 8 June 2019

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First Known Use of knap


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for knap


Middle English, from Old English cnæp; akin to Old English cnotta knot


Middle English knappen, of imitative origin

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“Knap.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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