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
Blake Corum, 2022: 1,463 yards Simply put, Corum's knee injury sabotaged what could have ended up as the best rushing season in U-M history.—Tony Garcia, Detroit Free Press, 3 Sep. 2023 Floyd died after then-Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, who is white, pressed a knee on his neck for 9 1/2 minutes on the street outside a convenience store where Floyd tried to pass a counterfeit $20 bill.—Samantha Hendrickson, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Sep. 2023 Michigan running back Blake Corum, a former St. Frances star, returns after injuring his left knee near the end of last season.—C.j. Doon, Baltimore Sun, 1 Sep. 2023 How to Do It: Start on your knees, with your hands on the roller.—Cori Ritchey, Men's Health, 31 Aug. 2023 Venus Williams Loses at Wimbledon While Playing Through Leg Injury After Slipping on Grass Court
The seven-time Grand Slam champion lost in the first round of Wimbledon last month after suffering a leg injury and then missed the WTA’s last tournament in Cleveland due to a knee injury.—Sean Neumann, Peoplemag, 30 Aug. 2023 Elliott’s body began to break down with knee and calf injuries as his career progressed with the Cowboys.—Calvin Watkins, Dallas News, 30 Aug. 2023 Enter Email Sign Up After the final horn, Silva dropped down to her knees in the middle of the canvas, took out her mouth guard, and put her head in her hands as the emotion of the fight kicked in.—Cam Kerry, BostonGlobe.com, 19 Aug. 2023 And the descent back to the city would present a formidable challenge to our thighs, our knees, and our egos.—David Amsden, Travel + Leisure, 19 Aug. 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