knock·​down | \ˈnäk-ˌdau̇n \

Definition of knockdown 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : having such force as to strike down or overwhelm a bewildering assortment of knockdown arguments— J. W. Krutch

2 : that can easily be assembled or disassembled a knockdown table

3 chiefly British : extremely low : reduced knockdown prices



Definition of knockdown (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : the action of knocking down

2 : something (such as a blow) that strikes down or overwhelms

3 : something (such as a piece of furniture) that can be easily assembled or disassembled

knock down

\ˈnäk-ˈdau̇n \

Definition of knock down (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to strike to the ground with or as if with a sharp blow : fell

2 : to dispose of (an item) to a bidder at an auction sale

3 : to take apart : disassemble

4 : to receive as income or salary : earn positions where they were able to knock down good moneyInfantry Journal

5 : reduce knocked the price down

6 basketball, informal : to succeed in making (a jump shot or foul shot) She scored 10 points on the night with three assists. She also knocked down three out of four free-throw attempts.— Niki Herbert Pierce faked right, drove left, turned and knocked down a fadeaway jumper.— Jason Mastrodonato

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Synonyms & Antonyms for knockdown

Synonyms: Verb

acquire, attain, bag, bring in, capture, carry, come by, draw, earn, gain, garner, get, land, make, obtain, procure, pull down, realize, reap, secure, win

Antonyms: Verb

forfeit, lose

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Examples of knockdown in a Sentence


Now's your chance to buy these items at knockdown prices!


she's knocking down a good salary, but she has to work very hard right after the holidays the stores start to knock down the window displays
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Kristin Dziczek, an analyst with the Center for Automotive Research, said knockdown-kit exports also provide manufacturers a way to enter emerging markets where the auto industry is underdeveloped. Erica E. Phillips, WSJ, "Ports See Growth in Exports of Partly-Assembled Cars," 30 May 2018 Thomas is a knockdown shooter, going 62 of 151 (41.1%) on three-pointers last season. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Creighton's Thomas could fit in with Bucks' 'Team All-Length'," 17 May 2018 Sol has 12 months left to run on his Willem II contract and may be available at a knockdown price as a result - something that would surely intrigue Palace boss Roy Hodgson., "Palace & Watford Linked With Eredivisie Hotshot After Striker Spotted at Vicarage Road Clash," 27 Apr. 2018 Russell Westbrook probably didn’t turn into a knockdown jump shooter at halftime. Rohan Nadkarni,, "The Russell Westbrook Inquisition Will Have to Wait," 26 Apr. 2018 Manchester United and Bayern Munich have been touted as would-be suitors for the France international and could secure Umtiti's services for a knockdown price due to his current release clause fee only being worth around £52m., "Barcelona Set to Hand Samuel Umtiti New Deal With Huge Buyout Clause to Ward Off Suitors," 19 Apr. 2018 She was recently named a first-team All-American and is a deadly knockdown shooter that is extremely competitive. Jonas Shaffer,, "Maryland women sign junior-college All-American guard Sara Vujačić," 18 Apr. 2018 Loyola has an edge in the knockdown shooting department. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Final Four: Michigan basketball vs. Loyola: Who has the edge?," 29 Mar. 2018 Wales continued to enjoy complete control and scored their third when Vokes flicked Andy King’s knockdown past the outstretched fingers of Yan into the goal. Afp,, "Bale nets hat-trick as Wales beat China in Giggs debut," 22 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Not only did Klitschko go down, a defeat that subsequently sent him into retirement, but the fight itself was a thriller that saw Joshua recover from a knockdown to win. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Dana White believes in him. Is Anthony Joshua ready to become face of boxing in America?," 28 Mar. 2018 Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is being ordered to stand trial on charges of corruption and influence peddling, in yet another humbling knockdown to the hard-charging conservative leader. Angela Charlton,, "Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy to face corruption trial," 29 Mar. 2018 Whether a builder pursues a knockdown or expansion of a historic home, the project can be equally difficult, said Paul Yorkis, a former president of the Massachusetts Association of Realtors and owner of Patriot Real Estate in Medway. John Hilliard,, "For sale in Newton: A truce in the teardown wars," 8 June 2018 Still, despite the differing viewpoints, these knockdowns and retaliatory pitches between two hard-nosed teams was handled perfectly by each team, each manager, and veteran umpire Jim Wolf. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Old school baseball: Pirates-Diamondbacks beanball handled perfectly," 12 June 2018 Shields overcame a first-round knockdown and dominated the remaining nine rounds. Santos A. Perez, miamiherald, "She has two title belts and her own TV deal. Meet the new face of women's boxing," 24 June 2018 He also was credited with 36 knockdown blocks and 44 cut blocks while starting every outing at left tackle. Christopher Dabe,, "Tulane adds graduate transfer offensive lineman Noah Fisher from South Alabama," 31 May 2018 Lippe-Morrison suffered a knockdown 10 seconds into his pro career, and Kenzie Morrison has been taken the distance four times, including two that ended in draws. Mark Schremmer Special To The Star, kansascity, "Son of The Duke, Kenzie Morrison, psyched for first pro fight in KC | The Kansas City Star," 16 May 2018 That’s technically a knockdown, but referee Shawn Clark let the fight continue rather than stop for a count. Don Steinberg,, "Bryant Jennings beats Joey Dawejko in battle of Philly heavyweights," 29 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of knockdown


1690, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1809, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of knockdown

of a price : greatly reduced from the original price : extremely low

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a knickknack or trinket

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