1. A petty contrivance; a toy; a plaything; a knickknack.
A knack, a toy, a trick, a baby's cap.Shak.
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,Swift.
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
For how should equal colors do the knack !Pope.
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.Holland.
(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.]