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

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Examples of knockoff in a Sentence


That purse is a knockoff.


decided it was time to knock off telling fantastic fibs about her family background a proposal to knock 10 cents off the gasoline tax
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But unlike streetside vendors selling cheap knockoffs or shadowy counterfeiters on websites like Amazon or Alibaba, Mr. di Pierro isn’t hiding. Khadeeja Safdar, WSJ, "How Supreme Got Pulled Into a Fight for Its Billion-Dollar Brand," 28 June 2019 But No Starch still needs to keep its books ahead of the imitators and knockoffs. David Streitfeld, New York Times, "What Happens After Amazon’s Domination Is Complete? Its Bookstore Offers Clues," 23 June 2019 The translator drops off the skewers, then returns with a knockoff Louis Vutton suitcase to see if Austin wants to buy it. Alex Prewitt,, "Out of the Darkness: Isaiah Austin Searches for Peace Without the NBA," 14 June 2019 One is seltzer itself, as anyone whose fridge regularly includes LaCroix (guilty!) or one of the knockoff brands (also guilty!) can attest. Josh Noel,, "What’s the best hard seltzer? The worst? Is it a fad? We have answers.," 2 July 2019 Gold met up with the seller, who tried to provide him with a knockoff pair of glasses. Sydney Czyzon, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Grieving Milwaukee families call him in their worst moment. Who is the man at the other end of the line?," 29 June 2018 Trump has a right to argue that trade wars and protectionism are good for the U.S. economy and will somehow Make America Great Again (though a lot of his supporters wear knockoff MAGA hats that were made in China). Eugene Robinson, The Mercury News, "Robinson: Only an ignoramus would sound like Trump," 9 June 2019 Anti-counterfeiting Similar traceability efforts are also playing out in the worlds of luxury goods, apparel, cosmetics, fine art, and high-end spirits — anywhere, essentially, that knockoffs abound. Hilary George-parkin, Vox, "The technology behind bitcoin is coming for retail, and you probably won’t even notice.," 18 Oct. 2018 But this isn’t an Alfa knockoff or a Mercedes wannabe—the G70 is its own car, a sport sedan out to prove that Korea can compete on style and feel and performance rather than just price. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The 2019 Popular Mechanics Automotive Excellence Awards," 16 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Police believe that Driggers failed to turn and drove off the side of the road, and was ejected from the motorcycle, knocking off his helmet at some point during the crash, according to the report. Joe Mario Pedersen,, "Motorcyclist killed traveling at high speed in Daytona Beach: report," 3 July 2019 The Warriors went 11-2 in 2018, knocking off defending champ Hoover in the semifinals before falling to Central-Phenix City in the championship game. Ben Thomas |,, "Thompson senior QB Sawyer Pate on following Taulia: Expectations won’t change," 3 July 2019 A few weeks after the season, after Milan had knocked off Muncie Central for the state title, Milan coach Marvin Wood spoke at Fillmore’s basketball banquet. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Milan Miracle's shadow has made Fillmore the greatest story never told from 1954," 22 June 2019 The Raptors galvanized toward the end of the season, knocking off the Philadelphia 76ers on a buzzer-beating shot by Leonard in Game 7 and then running off four straight wins over what appeared to be the invincible Bucks. Gary Washburn,, "Game 6 had drama, emotion, and thrills, and now the Raptors are NBA champs," 14 June 2019 Just like that, a pitching staff that had only recently caught its breath in terms of usage had again been knocked off its feet. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Dejected Jon Duplantier receives encouragement after rough outing against Phillies," 12 June 2019 Gaines punched Meyer in the face, knocking off his glasses, according to a probable cause affidavit., "Portland man who crept into courthouse basement with 9-year-old son, attacked deputy, gets probation," 11 June 2019 Captured District 27-5A and Region IV-5A crowns, knocking off the No. Terrence Thomas,, "Reagan, Burbank athletes headline All-Area tennis teams," 8 June 2019 The suspect then struck the man on the left side of his face, knocking off his glasses and leaving his eye cut and swollen, Ernster said. Katrina Pross, Twin Cities, "Police continue to look for suspect in alleged racially motivated Metro State attack," 20 June 2019

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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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19 Jul 2019

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The first known use of knockoff was in 1649

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English Language Learners Definition of knockoff

: a cheap or inferior copy of something

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