knock

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

Definition of knock

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to strike something with a sharp blow
2 : to collide with something
3a : bustle heard them knocking around in the kitchen
b : wander knocked about Europe all summer
4a : to make a pounding noise
b : to have engine knock
5 : to find fault

transitive verb

1a(1) : to strike sharply
(2) : to drive, force, or make by or as if by so striking was knocked out of the campaign
b : to set forcibly in motion with a blow
2 : to cause to collide
3 : to find fault with always knocking those in authority
knock cold knock dead
: to move strongly especially to admiration or applause a comedian who really knocks them dead
knock for a loop
1a : overcome knocked my opponent for a loop
b : demolish knocked our idea for a loop
2 : dumbfound, amaze the news knocked them for a loop
knock one's socks off
: to overwhelm or amaze one a performance that will knock your socks off
knock on wood
used interjectionally to ward off misfortune
knock together
: to make or assemble especially hurriedly or in a makeshift way knocked together my own bookcase

knock

noun

Definition of knock (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a sharp blow : rap, hit a loud knock on the door
b(1) : a severe misfortune or hardship
2a : a pounding noise
b : a sharp repetitive metallic noise caused by abnormal ignition in an automobile engine
3 : a harsh and often petty criticism the knock on him was that he couldn't handle the pressure

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Examples of knock in a Sentence

Verb The ball knocked him on the chin. She knocked the glass from his hand. He knocked the baseball over the fence. The ball hit him in the mouth and knocked out one of his teeth. The wind knocked him backwards. The dog knocked against the lamp. My knee accidentally knocked against the table. Skaters were knocking into each other all over the ice. I accidentally knocked my knee against the table. Noun He gave him a knock on the head. There was a loud knock at the door. She took some knocks early in her career. He likes praise but can't stand the knocks.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In this case, the officer heard a knock and turned to see Holloway standing up and Davidow seated at the table, with his hands over his face and blood dripping onto the floor. BostonGlobe.com, "Stanley Choate, 75, the presiding bishop, was shot in the chest. Claire McMullen, 60, was shot in the arm.," 27 Oct. 2019 Italian forward Filippo Falco who is playing in Serie A for the second season in his career, after featuring in the division for Bologna in the 2015/16 season, may miss the clash after coming off with a knock at half time against Milan. SI.com, "Lecce vs Juventus Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 24 Oct. 2019 In this case, the officer heard a knock and turned to see Holloway standing up and Davidow seated at the table, with his hands over his face and blood dripping onto the floor. Washington Post, "Charges: Church shooting suspect badly beats public defender," 22 Oct. 2019 What ended with a slam starts out with a knock at the door — a rather persistent one. Lisa Kennedy, The Know, "Review: Denver Center’s “Doll’s House” and “Doll’s House, Part 2” pack one-two gut punch," 5 Oct. 2019 Court records say the dog’s owner responded to a knock at her door in May and found her pet’s remains in a trash bag on her doorstep. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Missouri man sentenced to 9 years in revenge stabbing of dog," 1 Oct. 2019 Hours later, around 1 a.m. on Friday, there was a knock at Maggie’s door. Andrea Cavallier, NBC News, "Determined Tulsa mother drives ‘Caravan to Catch a Killer’ across country hoping to find person who killer daughter Brittany Phillips in 2004," 20 Sep. 2019 But none of that is a knock on the quality of the phone itself. Joanna Stern, WSJ, "iPhone XR Revisited: The Best iPhone Apple Can’t Sell," 7 Jan. 2019 The man who is widely expected to start in England’s midfield at Wembley on Saturday took a late knock and was seen leaving the Emirates with a bandage around his left wrist. SI.com, "Harry Winks Reveals Why Gareth Southgate Left Him Out of Nations League Squad," 3 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of knock

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for knock

Verb

Middle English knoken, from Old English cnocian; akin to Middle High German knochen to press

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More Definitions for knock

knock

verb
How to pronounce knock (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of knock

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to hit something (such as a door) with the knuckles of your hand or with a hard object (such as a knocker) in order to get people's attention
: to hit (something or someone) in a forceful way
: to touch or hit someone or something in a way that is not planned or intended

knock

noun

English Language Learners Definition of knock (Entry 2 of 2)

: a hard, sharp hit
: the sound made by a hard hit
informal : an experience that makes you less confident or successful for a period of time : a difficult or painful experience

knock

verb
\ ˈnäk How to pronounce knock (audio) \
knocked; knocking

Kids Definition of knock

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to strike in order to get someone's attention I knocked before entering.
2 : to bump against something without intending to Careful! You knocked the lamp.
3 : to make a pounding noise The car's engine began knocking.
4 : to find fault with Don't knock it till you try it.
5 : to hit forcefully He knocked the ball out of the park.
knock down
1 : to strike to the ground with or as if with a sharp blow
2 : to take apart Knock down the tent before you leave camp.
knock off
: to stop doing something Hey, I don't like that, so knock it off!
knock over
: to cause to fall

knock

noun

Kids Definition of knock (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a pounding noise I heard a knock at the door.
2 : a sharp blow a knock on the head
3 : a difficult or painful experience You learn from life's knocks.

knock

noun
\ ˈnäk How to pronounce knock (audio) \

Medical Definition of knock

1 : a sharp blow a knock to the head
2 : a sharp pounding noise

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