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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

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Other Words from knap


knapper noun

Examples of knap in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "Lumbersexuality, a Sport and a Pastime," 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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The first known use of knap was before the 12th century

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“Knap.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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