knap

noun
\ ˈnap How to pronounce knap (audio) \

Definition of knap

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

knap

verb
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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Verb

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

Noun

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

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for knap

Noun

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

Verb

Middle English knappen, of imitative origin

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