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


That purse is a knockoff.


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

These days, California’s fledgling legal cannabis market is facing a similar rash of knockoff goods, such as marijuana vape pens and brownies that look like name brands but are unregulated copies that help stoke the black market for pot products. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: At sixes and sevens at the G-7," 26 Aug. 2019 Substituting cheap knockoffs, sometimes from foreign companies, is an old trick of the unscrupulous contractor. Kevin Krause, Dallas News, "Fort Worth defense contractor charged with felony for using cheap, substandard parts for U.S. tanks, other weapons," 19 Aug. 2019 To make those payments look legitimate on paper, Licavoli supplied the restaurants with artwork, mainly cheap knockoffs., "Don Bolles files: Were the popular Hobo Joe's coffee shops connected to the Mafia?," 30 July 2019 Much of the world viewed Indian generics as poor-quality knockoffs, a perception that Hamied had laboured against for years. Katherine Eban, Quartz India, "How an Indian tycoon fought Big Pharma to sell AIDS drugs for $1 a day," 15 July 2019 There, the best-selling women’s soccer jerseys weren’t made by Nike, but instead appeared to be knockoffs selling for a fraction of the company’s $90 to $165 price tags. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "The World Cup Was a Prime Target for Amazon Counterfeiters," 8 July 2019 Happiness is not a designer’s usual reaction to knockoffs, Maria Grazia! Jason Kibbler; Fashion Editor: Miguel Enamorado, Harper's BAZAAR, "Maria Grazia Chiuri Talks Feminism in Fashion & the Power of Sisterhood," 30 July 2019 Original Featherstone flamingos are still available for purchase on outlets like Amazon, and, of course, many knockoffs have been created since the plastic pink flamingo's birth in 1957. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Twitter is Going Crazy Over Photos of The Iconic Man Who Invented The Plastic Pink Lawn Flamingo," 3 July 2019 However, it has also been accused of turning a blind eye to knockoffs and ripping off buyers. CBS News, "Luxury second-hand site The RealReal sees stock jump 45% after IPO," 28 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Earlier, North Carolina’s Sam Howell threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes to upend South Carolina, and Hank Bachmeier directed Boise State to the game’s final 23 points to knock off Florida State. Joel Boyd,, "College football Week 1 wrap-up: Jalen Hurts tops our ranking of the transfer QB debuts. And is this the year running backs retake the Heisman race?," 1 Sep. 2019 When, where: 7 p.m., Jaguar Stadium The skinny: Spain Park knocked off Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 42-33 last week, as QB Harrison Barker threw four TD passes. Josh Bean |, al, "Take 5: Get ready for Birmingham’s best Week 2 HS football games," 26 Aug. 2019 Ballard coach Adrian Morton has talked a lot this off-season about the need to knock off one of the state’s elite in order to take the next step as a program. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "It's a Ballard-Male matchup this week. See the top 5 high school football games to watch," 26 Aug. 2019 Some problems: The plot makes no sense, since Kathy, Ruby, and Claire have no real leverage to keep them from being quickly knocked off before they get started. Ty Burr,, "A ‘Kitchen’ where you get that sinking feeling," 7 Aug. 2019 In 2005, the Minnesota Thunder of the lower-level USL won four straight matches in the Open Cup, knocking off three higher-level MLS teams along the way. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Thunder rolls. Minnesota enjoyed U.S. Open Cup success before United’s current run," 6 Aug. 2019 Pacquiao would be reunited with his former promoter with a chance to knock off the man that replaced him as Arum’s top guy. Chris Mannix,, "12 Rounds: Manny Pacquiao's Next Fight, Mayweather's Retirement and More," 22 July 2019 Sweeny's bid to knock off undefeated Argyle came down to one inning. Adam Coleman, Houston Chronicle, "Sweeny falls short against Argyle in 4A baseball title game," 7 June 2018 Thus, the chance to knock off Golovkin or even just put on a good show in the face of so much doubt is very much the top prize. Grant Gordon,, "Martirosyan ready to shock boxing world against Golovkin," 29 Apr. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of knockoff

: a cheap or inferior copy of something

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