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knock·​off ˈnäk-ˌȯf How to pronounce knockoff (audio)
: a copy that sells for less than the original
broadly : a copy or imitation of someone or something popular

knock off

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knocked off; knocking off; knocks off

intransitive verb

: to stop doing something

transitive verb

: to do hurriedly or routinely
knocked off one painting after another
: discontinue, stop
knocked off work at five
: deduct
knocked off a little to make the price more attractive
: kill
knocked off two men … on mercenary groundsLewis Baker
: overcome, defeat
knocked off each center of rebellion
: rob
knocked off a couple of banks
: 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
The Giants’ away grays — a classic jersey if there ever was one — debuted on Thursday and looked like cheap Alibaba knockoffs. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, 28 Mar. 2024 Facebook and Instagram are of the most popular channels for buying fakes: A survey of shoppers in 17 countries last year found that 68 percent of people who bought a knockoff on social media did so on Facebook. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, 10 Mar. 2024 There are Reddit threads explaining how to knit D.I.Y. versions, while knockoffs are sold by AliExpress, a Chinese e-commerce site known for selling counterfeit goods, as well as by street vendors in New York that some may associate more with cheap pashminas than with luxury-good duplicates. Misty White Sidell, New York Times, 19 Feb. 2024 The video platform has quickly become one of the most popular apps in the U.S., with its short-form, music-laden videos sparking knockoffs from Meta (Reels) and Google (YouTube Shorts). Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Mar. 2024 When press reports of AI knockoffs surface — an increasingly common occurrence — Amazon often removes the books in question from its site, and sometimes others along with them. Will Oremus, Washington Post, 1 Mar. 2024 The officials displayed a table piled high with knockoff sports memorabilia including jerseys, T-shirts, caps, beanies and a sparkling silver replica of the Vince Lombardi Super Bowl trophy. Ken Ritter, Quartz, 6 Feb. 2024 Ted’s Bulletin, a popular chain in the D.C. area, has been selling their knockoff, Ted’s Tarts, for years. Tim Carman, Washington Post, 14 Feb. 2024 Chanel does not take kindly to anyone who encourages knockoffs of their iconic handbags. Susan Howson, Quartz, 11 Feb. 2024
Taking an early lead and leaning on solid pitching, the Kansas City Royals looked plenty capable of knocking off the Baltimore Orioles on Monday. Jaylon Thompson, Kansas City Star, 2 Apr. 2024 Zverev knocked off Christopher Eubanks, one of three American men who was left standing. Michelle Kaufman, Miami Herald, 25 Mar. 2024 King/Drew also advanced to the semifinals of the Southern California Division II playoffs while going on the road to knock off Southern Section champions Marina and La Habra. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 17 Mar. 2024 The American was knocked off balance after landing a small jump before hitting a gate and colliding into the fences surrounding the slope. Ben Church, CNN, 8 Feb. 2024 On average a 13 seed knocks off a 4 seed about once per tournament. USA TODAY, 18 Mar. 2024 Earlier, the Patriots knocked off defending league champion Granada Hills. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 16 Mar. 2024 Developing technologies like electric vehicles, advanced microchips and software are turning what was once a steady, slow-moving sector into a dynamic industry in which even fast-moving and well-run manufacturers can be knocked off course. Neal E. Boudette, New York Times, 9 Mar. 2024 Benjamin gets state started, knocks off Gordon For the first time in program history, the Benjamin Mustangs are galloping to the boys basketball state championship. Charles Baggarly, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 7 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use


1966, in the meaning defined above


1649, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of knockoff was in 1649

Dictionary Entries Near knockoff

knock off


knock on

Cite this Entry

“Knockoff.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

knock off

: to stop doing something
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