knock·​down | \ ˈnäk-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce knockdown (audio) \

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 How to pronounce knock down (audio) \
knocked down; knocking down; knocks down

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for knockdown

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of knockdown in a Sentence

Adjective Now's your chance to buy these items at knockdown prices! Verb 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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The New Castle native is a knockdown shooter and an unselfish teammate, willing to do anything needed to get the win. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, 31 Jan. 2022 Both of those shooting percentages are career highs for the 6-foot-8 wing, who has become a knockdown shooter for Golden State. Zachary Cohen, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 Jubeh’s 11-point effort in the third quarter was a knockdown punch, helping visiting Andrew seize control on its way to a 53-47 win over crosstown rival Tinley Park. Steve Millar,, 7 Dec. 2021 Rookie Bey was largely a knockdown shooter — and a good one, too. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, 21 Oct. 2021 When a fighter goes down, judges generally score the round, 10-8, in favor of the fighter who scored the knockdown, but Wilder’s comeback compelled one judge to score the round, 10-9, for Fury. New York Times, 10 Oct. 2021 The two performed most of the complicated moves during the knockdown fight that turns amorous. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 19 Aug. 2021 Gavin, just an inch shorter, is a knockdown shooter who plays on the wing. Shawn Mcfarland,, 11 Aug. 2021 It’s certainly no secret that recruiting in the SEC is a knockdown, drag-out, cutthroat business. Mike Bianchi,, 20 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The pandemic knockdown came following uncertain decades for the guidebook industry. Washington Post, 25 Feb. 2022 To beat Ceja, Magsayo had to survive a fifth-round knockdown. Josh Katzowitz, Forbes, 22 Jan. 2022 The match was contested in the rain under the open skies of Hard Rock Stadium, and a slippery surface appeared to lead into an Arias fall in the ninth round, one erroneously registered as a Hurd knockdown. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 June 2021 The 43-year-old Johnson was loose and smiling in the early going, but the matchup became more intense as at wore on, culminating with a a knockdown in the fourth round, courtesy of a Maxwell right hand. Danny Segura And John Morgan, The Enquirer, 8 June 2021 Both teams make their living on the defensive end, so this could be a knockdown-drag out affair. cleveland, 12 Feb. 2021 Especially egregious: the knockdown of a storefront on Elm to create a surface parking lot at the store’s rear. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, 18 Dec. 2020 His last knockdown was the closing in January, after just two months, of Azul, a large sports bar in Lakeview. Beth D'addono,, 2 Nov. 2020 Referee Luis Pabon stopped the fight at the 2-minute, 23-second mark after the second knockdown. John Whisler,, 31 Oct. 2020 See More

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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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“Knockdown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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