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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Bucky pulls off a miraculous save, but not before John Walker (Wyatt Russell) shows up in his Captain America uniform with a knockoff shield. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "'The Falcon and the Winter Soldier' finale review: No surprise, it's Captain America," 23 Apr. 2021 But naysayers slammed the band as a prefab Led Zeppelin knockoff, as if Greta Van Fleet had been concocted in some label board room. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Greta Van Fleet opens up on new album: Hard rockers wanted music 'fit to be the score of a fantastic film'," 17 Apr. 2021 In the grand scheme of things, there are certainly worthier titles to highlight than an 80-minute French action-movie knockoff that would have gone straight to DVD back in the days when DVDs were a thing. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, "Think of Netflix’s Sentinelle As John Wick on the Riviera," 12 Mar. 2021 A year of watching theater online had left me feeling as if I had been forever condemned to crave my favorite brand and had to settle for a knockoff. Washington Post, "I wondered what it would be like to be vaccinated and back in a theater. My panic lifted as soon as the lights went down.," 7 Apr. 2021 According to information obtained by Android Police, Qualcomm is actively developing a Switch knockoff that would launch early next year. Chris Smith, BGR, "Qualcomm is making a Nintendo Switch clone of its own," 24 Mar. 2021 While inspiring a wave of knockoff I-could-probably-solve-that-cold-case amateur podcasts, Up and Vanished did provide audiences with something few podcasts have: a satisfying ending. Rebecca Lavoie, Vulture, "The 10 True-Crime Podcasts That Changed Everything," 24 Mar. 2021 Real-life McDowell's fast-food restaurants — the McDonald's knockoff from the movie — have briefly popped up in Los Angeles and Chicago. Jake Coyle, Star Tribune, "33 years later, Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall return to Zamunda," 2 Mar. 2021 Indian officials often refuse to enforce patents in their country, enabling domestic companies to create knockoff versions of patented medicines produced at enormous expense by American scientists. Jim Mccrery, Fortune, "Enforcing fair trade rules could bridge the partisan divide in Congress," 15 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb North Texas, the 13th-seed in the South region which had never won a tournament game, joined the upset parade, going to overtime to knock off Purdue to eliminate the only Indiana team in the tournament. New York Times, "N.C.A.A. Tournament: Same Courts, Same Game, New Emptiness," 19 Mar. 2021 An upset of San Diego State in Round 1 would lead to a date with Morehead State, who would have to knock off No. 3 West Virginia; Johni Broome could become a household name by the end of the weekend. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Here are the men's NCAA Tournament second-round matchups we want to see this March Madness," 18 Mar. 2021 Fyffe, 27-6, which had to knock off No.1 Cottage Hill and No. 2 Plainview to reach the championship game, held on despite making only 2-of-11 free throws over the final 2:41. al, "Class 3A boys championship: Fyffe downs Montgomery Catholic, sends coach out a champ," 5 Mar. 2021 In the Division 1 event, Okemos senior Josh Portnoy was the No. 2 seed, but used his home court to his advantage to knock off No. 1 seed Gabe Brown of Troy Athens in the championship match, 6-1, 6-1. Keith Dunlap, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan boys tennis phenom ties 60-year-old record with fourth straight state title," 22 Oct. 2020 After watching Gonzaga knock off Southern Cal in the Elite Eight on Tuesday night, Claude flew to Fort Myers on Wednesday to watch Ryan and Montverde play in the GEICO Nationals. Adam Zagoria, Forbes, "March Madness: For The Nembhard Family, It’s One National Championship In The Books, And Another In Sight," 4 Apr. 2021 Also joining them were 11th-seeded Syracuse, which hung on to knock off West Virginiaand 12th-seeded Oregon State, which dispatched Oklahoma State by 80-70. New York Times, "The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers, and Sister Jean, Return to the Round of 16," 21 Mar. 2021 Drake stormed back from a double-digit, second-half deficit to knock off Wichita State, 53-52, Thursday in a First Four thriller between two No. 11 seeds at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Indiana. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "NCAA Tournament Cinderella? Drake storms back to oust Wichita State in First Four play-in duel," 19 Mar. 2021 Foreman, who hit a buzzer-beater to knock off USF on Dec. 13, dribbled the ball upcourt and let fly from the left side with Eli Parquet, who made the All-Pac-12 Defensive team, contesting the shot. Steve Kroner, San Francisco Chronicle, "Cal's late comeback falls just short as Colorado prevails in Pac-12 tourney," 12 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of knockoff was in 1649

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2 May 2021

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“Knockoff.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of knockoff

: a cheap or inferior copy of something

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