knead

verb
\ 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

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Other Words from knead

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

Examples of knead in a Sentence

Knead the dough until it is smooth.
Recent Examples on the Web As the dough stiffens, knead with the palm of your hand. cleveland, "‘Visit’ Rome via a staycation of recipes and cooking lessons," 24 June 2020 Add the salt, nutmeg, and pepper, and knead well by hand. Divide the mixture into 4 equal pieces. Susan Puckett, ajc, "Japanese cuisine beyond sushi and yakitori," 3 June 2020 Take on stiff necks and back pain with 8 deep-tissue massage nodes that work together to knead away knots and relieve soreness. Braelyn Wood, Health.com, "The 12 Best Back Massagers to Soothe Sore Muscles and Alleviate Tension," 1 June 2020 Back Massager Take on stiff necks and back pain with 8 deep-tissue massage nodes that work together to knead away knots and relieve soreness. Braelyn Wood, Health.com, "The 12 Best Back Massagers to Soothe Sore Muscles and Alleviate Tension," 1 June 2020 Briefly knead the dough and then put it back in the bowl. cleveland, "Quarantine cooking with your kids? Here are 5 recipes made by young cooks," 27 Apr. 2020 Even the simple, repetitive movements of baking, such as stirring batter, cracking eggs and kneading bread can bring mental health benefits, Ohana said. Jen Rose Smith, CNN, "Banana bread is having a moment," 2 May 2020 Many Japanese woodblock prints depict a tanuki kneading its testes into the shape of various objects, such as raincoats or fishing nets. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "There Are No Losers in the Animal Crossing Economy," 15 Apr. 2020 For those tackling lemon bar recipes and kneading loaves of sourdough bread, supplies may be in short demand. Lauren Saria, azcentral, "Baking during coronavirus? Here's where to find sugar, eggs and butter in metro Phoenix," 5 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of knead was before the 12th century

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“Knead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/knead. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for knead

knead

verb
How to pronounce knead (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of knead

: to prepare (dough) by pressing a mixture of flour, water, etc., with your hands
: to press and squeeze (a person's muscles) with your hands

knead

verb
\ 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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