1. A petty contrivance; a toy; a plaything; a knickknack.

A knack, a toy, a trick, a baby's cap.

2. A readiness in performance; aptness at doing something; skill; facility; dexterity.

The fellow . . . has not the knack with his shears.
B. Jonson.

The dean was famous in his time,
And had a kind of knack at rhyme.

3. Something performed, or to be done, requiring aptness and dexterity; a trick; a device. "The knacks of japers." Chaucer.

For how should equal colors do the knack !

(Knack"er) n.

1. One who makes knickknacks, toys, etc. Mortimer.

2. One of two or more pieces of bone or wood held loosely between the fingers, and struck together by moving the hand; — called also clapper. Halliwell.

(Knack"er), n. [Cf. Icel. hnakkr a saddle.]

1. a harness maker. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.

2. One who slaughters worn-out horses and sells their flesh for dog's meat. [Eng.]

(Knack"ish), a. Trickish; artful. [Obs.] — Knack"ish*ness, n. [Obs.] Dr. H. More.

(Knack"-kneed`) a. See Knock-kneed.

(Knack"y) a. Having a knack; cunning; crafty; trickish. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.] Halliwell.

(Knag) n. [Cf. Prov. G. knagge a knot in wood, Sw. knagg, Dan. knag a hook to hand clothes on, a bracket; Gael. & Ir. cnag peg, knob.]

1. A knot in wood; a protuberance. Wright.

2. A wooden peg for hanging things on. Wright.

3. The prong of an antler. Holland.

4. The rugged top of a hill. [Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.

(Knag"ged) a. Full of knots; knaggy.

(Knag"gy) a. Knotty; rough; figuratively, rough in temper. Fuller.Knag"gi*ness n.

(Knap) n. [AS. cnæp, cnæpp, top, knob, button; cf. Icel. knappr knob, Sw. knapp, Dan. knap button, W., Gael., & Ir. cnap knob, button, and E. knop.] A protuberance; a swelling; a knob; a button; hence, rising ground; a summit. See Knob, and Knop.

The highest part and knap of the same island.

(Knap), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Knapped ; p. pr. & vb. n. Knapping.] [D. knappen to chew, bite, crack, take hold of; prob. of imitative origin.]

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