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

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Now every brand makes a knockoff of the skate park inspired look, but Ecco has a long rich history of comfort innovation in footwear, and still makes the best. Larry Olmsted, Forbes, 2 June 2021 Balenciaga and Vetements designer Demna Gvasalia bent the high-fashion world to his will by leaning into a look that felt consciously inauthentic, that rebelled against subtlety and embraced the counterfeit look of the knockoff industry. Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2021 Albert said that Activision has an interest in making sure its title does not become a generic term as well, given knockoff games. Washington Post, 4 June 2021 But these Thunderbolts aren’t a low-voltage knockoff of the greats who came before. Jonathan Bernstein, Rolling Stone, 7 May 2021 Bucky pulls off a miraculous save, but not before John Walker (Wyatt Russell) shows up in his Captain America uniform with a knockoff shield. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, 23 Apr. 2021 But naysayers slammed the band as a prefab Led Zeppelin knockoff, as if Greta Van Fleet had been concocted in some label board room. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, 17 Apr. 2021 In the grand scheme of things, there are certainly worthier titles to highlight than an 80-minute French action-movie knockoff that would have gone straight to DVD back in the days when DVDs were a thing. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 12 Mar. 2021 A year of watching theater online had left me feeling as if I had been forever condemned to crave my favorite brand and had to settle for a knockoff. Washington Post, 7 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb There was plenty to talk about after Poole was instrumental in helping the Warriors knock off one of the NBA’s top two teams for a second consecutive game. Rusty Simmons, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 May 2021 Had North Harrison been able to knock off Silver Creek in the sectional (a 44-41 loss in the sectional semifinal) and advance in the tournament, Hatton’s chances go up considerably. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, 20 Apr. 2021 Sam Houston State rallied from a 24-3 halftime deficit to knock off James Madison, 38-35, in the semifinals. Tim Bielik, cleveland, 16 May 2021 The Canadiens are the ninth No. 8-seeded team to knock off a No. 1 in 32 matchups since the NHL went to its current playoff format in 1994 — and the first to come back from a 3-1 series deficit. Houston Mitchell Assistant Sports Editor, Los Angeles Times, 28 Apr. 2021 After coming back from a double-digit second-half deficit to knock off the Hawks in overtime on Wednesday, the Knicks are now 33-27, in sole possession of fourth place in the Eastern Conference. oregonlive, 23 Apr. 2021 And the opportunity to potentially knock off a prime Republican target in Florida, too, might be drawing some House Democrats into a possible matchup. Kendall Karson, ABC News, 17 Apr. 2021 One intriguing part of the Treviño/McKee-Rodriguez alliance is the fact that McKee-Rodriguez’s initial involvement in campaign politics came as an intern for Michael Montaño, an attorney who tried to knock off Trevino in 2017. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, 16 Apr. 2021 But the Empire have to be near perfect to knock off a FaZe team that’s in form. Sean Collins, Dallas News, 10 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of knockoff was in 1649

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19 Jun 2021

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“Knockoff.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of knockoff

: a cheap or inferior copy of something

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