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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Buck-Collins show is a clear knockoff of the Mannings’ show. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 19 May 2022 The reason their feud worked so well during the 2000s was that there was some truth to Jericho being a bit of an HBK knockoff. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, 31 Mar. 2022 Alex’s hotel, and a trophy-wife stereotype (Natalie Anderson) who feels like something out of a subpar Raymond Chandler knockoff, or an unintended spoof of one. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 Apr. 2022 In one video, the person who looks like Pattinson models a knockoff Batman costume bought off eBay. NBC News, 24 Apr. 2022 The newest arrival, the one responsible for Fink's sour mood, was some Street Fighter II knockoff called Mortal Kombat, and it was plugged in right behind his desk. David L. Craddock, Ars Technica, 2 Apr. 2022 But all subtlety is lost when this J.D. Vance knockoff takes off his mask. Los Angeles Times, 20 Feb. 2022 Even many of those who initially dismissed the game as a cheap knockoff have been won over by its quality and attention to detail. New York Times, 16 Mar. 2022 But that offering amounts to little more than a knockoff of TikTok, which already carries more cultural cache among the coveted teen demographic. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 16 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb So the opportunity is there Sunday, a chance to knock off the defending champions and capitalize on two of their premier players entering their primes. Globe Staff,, 14 May 2022 In the regional semifinal the following week at Logansport, Smith and Westfield rallied from an eight-point fourth-quarter deficit to knock off Loyer and Homestead, 64-53. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, 2 Apr. 2022 Virginia Tech then rode that momentum to knock off blue-bloods North Carolina and Duke en route to the ACC tourney title. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, 13 Mar. 2022 If Jacksonville State can do the hard work for USC and knock off Auburn, then the Trojans could have a chance to race through the Midwest Region. Los Angeles Times, 15 Mar. 2022 This is often where consumers experience low quality and knock off items when purchasing direct from factory retailers. Gary Drenik, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 There was a preview of that possible matchup Sunday as the Pelicans rallied from 23 points down late in the second quarter to knock off the Lakers 116-108. oregonlive, 29 Mar. 2022 The Lady Lions rallied from a 3-0 deficit to knock off Class 6A Bentonville West. Henry Apple, Arkansas Online, 29 Mar. 2022 The snow that built up on the tanks this winter created enough downward and outward force to knock off 10 valves, Alyeska said. Elizabeth Harball, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

26 May 2022

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“Knockoff.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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