I fell down and hurt my knee.
She suffered a serious knee injury.
His knees trembled with fear.
He got down on one knee and proposed to her.
His little granddaughter sat on his knee.
Her jeans had holes at the knees. Verb
His attacker kneed him in the stomach. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
The latest is discoloration—think darker underarms, thighs, knees and elbows.—Celia Shatzman, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 The night’s only blemish was a right knee injury suffered by reserve Norman Powell in the fourth quarter after he was run into by Kings forward Harrison Barnes.—Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, 30 Nov. 2023 Meniscal tears are one of the most common knee injuries, affecting 12 to 14 percent of people and many US veterans.—Popular Science, 29 Nov. 2023 Daughter Lou cuddles into Klum, with Leni wrapping her arms around her sister's knees.—Hannah Sacks, Peoplemag, 27 Nov. 2023 Beyoncé handled the production with precision and care, spending a painstaking four years putting together the aural spectacular and battling a knee injury that required surgery in the run-up to the tour’s start.—Steven J. Horowitz, Variety, 27 Nov. 2023 Rag & Bone Santiago knee high wedge boots This pair of studded black boots stands out from all the rest.—Porter Simmons, Vogue, 24 Nov. 2023 The nerve damage from her gunshot wound was so severe that Muñoz Puente has little use of her left foot or any muscles below her left knee.—Arelis R. Hernández, Washington Post, 24 Nov. 2023 The person was captured on surveillance footage wearing a black hoodie, blue shorts, grey shoes, a green scarf, a knee brace on his right knee, and a dark backpack.—Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 18 Nov. 2023 See More
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Middle English, from Old English cnēow; akin to Old High German kneo knee, Latin genu, Greek gony
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2
The first known use of knee was
before the 12th century