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

The latter market was vast and labyrinthine, with vendors selling everything from fresh fennel and cauliflower to knockoff designer handbags and shoes. New York Times, "The Sights and Smells of Sicily’s Second City," 11 May 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Ducks could sweep Stanford, Washington, USC and Arizona State on the road, beat Washington State for the first time since 2014 and knock off Utah in the Pac-12 title game. oregonlive, "With the College Football Playoff out of reach, the Oregon Ducks need refocus on the Pac-12: Issues & Answers," 1 Sep. 2019 Some consider the Spartans a dark horse to supplant Ohio State and knock off Michigan to win the Big Ten East. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State expectations: What history says Mark Dantonio can do," 23 Aug. 2019 The Anteaters went 31-6 last season and knocked off Kansas State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Four NCAA Tournament teams dot USD basketball schedule," 16 Aug. 2019 One example is rocks tumbling over one another, knocking off pieces from one another. Scientific American, "Weathering Rocks," 8 Aug. 2019 Johnson's first Jacked Up moment came when Packers rookie tight end Jace Sternberger ended up on the wrong end of a hit and had his helmet knocked off. Khadrice Rollins,, "Texans Rookie Cornerback Kicked Out of Joint Practice for Going Too Hard," 6 Aug. 2019 Vandalism: Worton Park Drive Four residential mailboxes were found damaged or completely knocked off their posts July 30., "High school boys crash trainer’s golf cart into fence: Mayfield Village Police Blotter," 31 July 2019 Video footage released by federal law enforcement late Thursday night showed a 59-year-old civilian employee of the city’s police department having his religious headwear knocked off before three people brutally assaulted him Wednesday morning. Mckenna Oxenden,, "Baltimore police civilian employee attacked Wednesday, religious advocates ask police not to rule out hate crime," 26 July 2019 Utah lost quarterback Tyler Huntley and star running back Zack Moss to injury with five games left in the season last year and still got to the Pac-12 title game and nearly knocked off Washington. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "ASU football on list of dark horse bets to win College Football Playoff in 2019 season," 24 July 2019

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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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11 Oct 2019

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The first known use of knockoff was in 1649

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English Language Learners Definition of knockoff

: a cheap or inferior copy of something

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to fake an opponent out of position

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