knock·​off | \ ˈnäk-ˌȯf How to pronounce knockoff (audio) \

Definition of knockoff

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a copy that sells for less than the original broadly : a copy or imitation of someone or something popular

knock off

knocked off; knocking off; knocks off

Definition of knock off (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to stop doing something

transitive verb

1 : to do hurriedly or routinely knocked off one painting after another
2 : discontinue, stop knocked off work at five
3 : deduct knocked off a little to make the price more attractive
4a : kill knocked off two men … on mercenary grounds— Lewis Baker
b : overcome, defeat knocked off each center of rebellion
5 : rob knocked off a couple of banks
6 : to make a knockoff of : copy, imitate knocks off popular dress designs

Examples of knockoff in a Sentence

Noun That purse is a knockoff. Verb decided it was time to knock off telling fantastic fibs about her family background a proposal to knock 10 cents off the gasoline tax
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Hamas also uses older Soviet Malyutka, 9M111 Fagot and 9M113 Konkurs missiles and a North Korean knockoff of the Fagot called the Bulsae-2. Sebastien Roblin, Forbes, 25 May 2021 That the Reels feature across Meta properties is just a TikTok knockoff. Andy Meek, BGR, 29 May 2022 That attempted rebirth took another giant leap forward Tuesday, with Facebook’s global launch of its TikTok knockoff, Reels. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 23 Feb. 2022 The Buck-Collins show is a clear knockoff of the Mannings’ show. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 19 May 2022 The reason their feud worked so well during the 2000s was that there was some truth to Jericho being a bit of an HBK knockoff. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, 31 Mar. 2022 Alex’s hotel, and a trophy-wife stereotype (Natalie Anderson) who feels like something out of a subpar Raymond Chandler knockoff, or an unintended spoof of one. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 Apr. 2022 In one video, the person who looks like Pattinson models a knockoff Batman costume bought off eBay. NBC News, 24 Apr. 2022 The newest arrival, the one responsible for Fink's sour mood, was some Street Fighter II knockoff called Mortal Kombat, and it was plugged in right behind his desk. David L. Craddock, Ars Technica, 2 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The second-year guard was feeling it and his strong play helped Indiana knock off Boston 128-107 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. James Boyd, The Indianapolis Star, 28 Feb. 2022 Vonnahme used those attributes — and his fakes — to rack up 16 points and 10 rebounds and help the fourth-seeded Wildcats knock off the fifth-seeded Tigers 65-58 in the Class 4A Neuqua Valley Regional championship game. Matt Le Cren,, 26 Feb. 2022 Ransey was at the Wolstein Center Friday watching his alma mater knock off Wisconsin-Green Bay, 85-69. Terry Pluto, cleveland, 6 Feb. 2022 In a game that more closely resembled a boxing match, Oregon got knocked down — but not out — and rallied with counter punches to knock off No. 7 Arizona. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 15 Jan. 2022 This time around, teams from Solon and Canfield will do their best to knock off the Falcons. cleveland, 18 May 2022 Already there is controversy over those road projects, which could knock off Republican votes. Stacey Barchenger, The Arizona Republic, 21 June 2022 But if Rice had been given a more graceful exit, industry vets would’ve acknowledged that Chapek was hardly the first to knock off a potential successor in the great tradition of the town. Kim Masters, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 June 2022 And this new ad from Conservative Champions PAC criticizing three of the top challengers underscores the difficult calculus at play for all those vying to be the one to knock off the incumbent. Ben Kamisar, NBC News, 7 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of knockoff


1966, in the meaning defined above


1649, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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Last Updated

25 Jul 2022

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“Knockoff.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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