1. To bite; to bite off; to break short. [Obs. or Prov. Eng. ]
He will knap the spears apieces with his teeth.Dr. H. More.
He breaketh the bow, and knappeth the spear in sunder.Ps. xlvi. 9 (Book of Common Prayer.)
2. To strike smartly; to rap; to snap. Bacon.
(Knap), v. i. To make a sound of snapping. Wiseman.
(Knap), n. A sharp blow or slap. Halliwell.
(Knap"bot`tle) n. (Bot.) The bladder campion
(Knap"pish) a. [See Knap to strike.] Snappish; peevish. [Obs.] Grafton.
(Knap"ple) v. i. [Freq. of knap, v., cf. D. knabbelen to gnaw.] To break off with an abrupt,
sharp noise; to bite; to nibble. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]
(Knap"py) a. Having knaps; full of protuberances or humps; knobby. [Obs.] Huloet.
(Knap"sack`) n. [D. knapzak; knappen to eat + zak a bag. See Knap, v. t., and Sack.]
A case of canvas or leather, for carrying on the back a soldier's necessaries, or the clothing, etc., of a
And each one fills his knapsack or his scripDrayton.
With some rare thing that on the field is found.
(Knap"weed`) n. (Bot.) The black centaury (Centaurea nigra); so called from the knoblike
heads of flowers. Called also bullweed.
(Knar) n. See Gnar. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Knarl) n. A knot in wood. See Gnarl.
(Knarled) a. Knotted. See Gnarled.
(Knarred) a. Knotty; gnarled.
The knarred and crooked cedar knees.Longfellow.
(Knar"ry) a. Knotty; gnarled. Chaucer.
(Knave) n. [OE., boy, servant, knave, AS. cnafa boy, youth; cf. AS. cnapa boy, youth, D. knaap,
G. knabe boy, knappe esquire, Icel. knapi, Sw. knape esquire, knäfvel knave.]
1. A boy; especially, a boy servant. [Obs.] Wyclif. Chaucer.
O murderous slumber,Shak.
Lay'st thou thy leaden mace upon my boy
That plays thee music ? Gentle knave,
2. Any male servant; a menial. [Obs.] Chaucer.
He's but Fortune's knave,Shak.
A minister of her will.
3. A tricky, deceitful fellow; a dishonest person; a rogue; a villain. "A pair of crafty knaves." Shak.
In defiance of demonstration, knaves will continue to proselyte fools.Ames.