knock-up

1 of 2

noun

British
: a warm-up or practice session before a game in a racket sport (such as tennis)

knock up

2 of 2

verb

knocked up; knocking up; knocks up

transitive verb

1
sometimes vulgar : to make pregnant
2
British : rouse, summon

Examples of knock-up in a Sentence

Verb I asked the clerk at the hotel to knock me up at 7:00 a.m.

Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1884, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of knock-up was in 1592

Dictionary Entries Near knock-up

Cite this Entry

“Knock-up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/knock-up. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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