: sunk to the knees
knee-deep in mud
: deeply engaged or occupied
knee-deep in work

Examples of knee-deep in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the wet season, when monsoons swell rivers and turn the red dirt into knee-deep mud, Ramingining’s 900 or so inhabitants are often cut off for weeks at a time. Michael E. Miller, Washington Post, 15 Sep. 2023 The quirky weeklong gathering in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert — notorious for an imaginative array of revelry — sparked viral fears amid circulating images showing knee-deep mud and stuck cars. Jake Sheridan, Chicago Tribune, 10 Sep. 2023 A little after sunset on Sunday, swift-water rescue crews from the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department aided 13 people whose encampment flooded in the Morena neighborhood, helping the group walk out of knee-deep water in the riverbed. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Aug. 2023 Portions of the wreck were in water that was just knee-deep, the museum said. Kerry Breen, CBS News, 25 Aug. 2023 O’Brien remained in the hospital Friday, three days after she was stabbed more than four inches deep in the back by a Southern stingray, reportedly missing her lung by centimeters, while leaning back in knee-deep water. Brie Stimson, Fox News, 25 Aug. 2023 In San Diego, rescue teams pulled 13 people from knee-deep water in a homeless encampment along the rising San Diego River. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 22 Aug. 2023 The storm dropped record rainfall across the region, downed power lines and trees, and left some places knee-deep in mud. Somini Sengupta, New York Times, 22 Aug. 2023 Season 2 ended with an awkward yet heart-warming declaration of love, with Jessie and Tom sharing a kiss while standing in knee-deep pond water. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 21 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of knee-deep was in the 15th century

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“Knee-deep.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/knee-deep. Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


: being up to one's knees
knee-deep in mud
knee-deep snowdrifts

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