From Middle English knobbe, from Middle Low German knobbe, knoppe (“a knot in wood”), from Proto-Germanic *knuppô (“lump, clod”), from Proto-Indo-European *gneub-, *gneup- (“to press, crush”). Cognate with Dutch knop (“button, knob”), German Knopf (“button, knob”), Swedish knopp (“knob”), Old English cnoppa (“knob”). See also knop.
- (Received Pronunciation) enPR: nŏb, IPA(key): /nɒb/
- (US) enPR: nŏb, IPA(key): /nɑb/
- Rhymes: -ɒb
- Homophone: nob
knob (plural knobs)
- A rounded protuberance, handle, or control switch.
- (geography) A prominent rounded hill.
- A rounded ornament on the hilt of an edged weapon; a pommel.
- A prominent, rounded bump along a mountain ridge.
- (UK, New Zealand, slang) A penis.
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- a knobbed chromosome
- (slang, pejorative) A contemptible person.
- (cooking) A dollop, an amount just larger than a spoonful (usually referring to butter)
- See also Wikisaurus:penis
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knob n, c
In the sense speed on water it is common gender; the plural indefinite form is knob; no definite forms. In the sense looping of a rope it is neuter gender.