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Definition of knack

1 : a special ready capacity that is hard to analyze or teach
2a : a clever trick or stratagem
b : a clever way of doing something
3 archaic : an ingenious device broadly : toy, knickknack

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gift, faculty, aptitude, bent, talent, genius, knack mean a special ability for doing something. gift often implies special favor by God or nature. the gift of singing beautifully faculty applies to an innate or less often acquired ability for a particular accomplishment or function. a faculty for remembering names aptitude implies a natural liking for some activity and the likelihood of success in it. a mechanical aptitude bent is nearly equal to aptitude but it stresses inclination perhaps more than specific ability. a family with an artistic bent talent suggests a marked natural ability that needs to be developed. has enough talent to succeed genius suggests impressive inborn creative ability. has no great genius for poetry knack implies a comparatively minor but special ability making for ease and dexterity in performance. the knack of getting along

Examples of knack in a Sentence

She has a knack for telling interesting stories. The jazz musician has an incredible knack for improvisation.
Recent Examples on the Web The soul of this community is local queen bee Sherry Conrad (Search Party alum Shalita Grant, the season’s MVP), an officious, controlling momfluencer with a knack for stealing the spotlight. Judy Berman, Time, 17 Oct. 2021 And, in an era of growing frustration with RINOs and other Republican elites, Carlson also showed a knack for biting the hand that fed him—with one exception. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 16 Sep. 2021 Throughout his career, Costello showed a knack for spotting an opportunity. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 13 Sep. 2021 Balvin shot 69% in these Olympics and showed a knack for getting to the offensive glass. Tim Reynolds, ajc, 4 Aug. 2021 No matter the receiver targeted, the former Alabama standout showed a knack for putting the passes in spots only his intended target could get to. Omar Kelly,, 2 Aug. 2021 Actually, what Robinson has is a familiar knack for draining a high volume of 3-pointers, which is why there was such Lakers laser focus in those 2020 NBA Finals. Ira Winderman,, 4 Oct. 2021 Effectively People like to work with leaders who have a bold vision and a knack for collaboration and engagement. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 1 Oct. 2021 When others departed, Braun was still performing well as the Brewers started a string of four consecutive playoff appearances in 2018, continuing to show a knack for hitting dramatic home runs down the stretch. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 27 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of knack

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

History and Etymology for knack

Middle English knak

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“Knack.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of knack

: an ability, talent, or special skill needed to do something


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Kids Definition of knack

1 : a natural ability : talent She has a knack for making friends.
2 : a clever or skillful way of doing something : trick Skating is easy once you get the knack.

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