\ ˈnēd How to pronounce knead (audio) \
kneaded; kneading; kneads

Definition of knead

transitive verb

1a : to work and press into a mass with or as if with the hands kneading dough
b : to manipulate or massage with a kneading motion kneaded sore neck muscles
2 : to form or shape by or as if by kneading

Other Words from knead

kneadable \ ˈnē-​də-​bəl How to pronounce knead (audio) \ adjective
kneader noun

Examples of knead in a Sentence

Knead the dough until it is smooth.
Recent Examples on the Web Using a flexible spatula, mix to form a shaggy dough, then knead with your hands to form a smooth, cohesive dough. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, 31 Aug. 2022 Switch to the dough hook and knead on low for 5 minutes, adding remaining ¼ cup flour if needed. Journal Sentinel, 9 Sep. 2022 Pour in the melted butter, then knead for a few more minutes, until the fat has been worked thoroughly into the now-golden dough. Ruby Tandoh, The New Yorker, 7 Aug. 2022 According to pet food company Purina, many cats exhibit this behavior, which consists of the rhythmic pushing of their paws in and out on a surface — much like the motion a baker would use to knead bread or make biscuits. Jacob Livesay, USA TODAY, 19 June 2022 Repeat the steps to knead, oil, and let the dough rise. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 26 July 2022 Get in there with your hands and knead the dough 8 to 10 times, bringing it together into a smooth dough ball. Stephanie Pearson, Outside Online, 1 July 2022 In separate bowl, beat yolks into 3 tablespoons of the sour cream, then stir into dough mixture and knead until well mixed. Cathy Jakicic, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 May 2022 Explaining other pet behaviors:Why do cats knead you? Jacob Livesay, USA TODAY, 6 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of knead

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

History and Etymology for knead

Middle English kneden, from Old English cnedan; akin to Old High German knetan to knead

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\ ˈnēd How to pronounce knead (audio) \
kneaded; kneading

Kids Definition of knead

1 : to work and press into a mass with or as if with the hands You must knead the dough before baking.

Other Words from knead

kneader noun

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