knob

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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.

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Noun[edit]

knob (plural knobs)

  1. A rounded protuberance, handle, or control switch.
  2. (geography) A prominent rounded hill.
  3. A rounded ornament on the hilt of an edged weapon; a pommel.
  4. A prominent, rounded bump along a mountain ridge.
  5. (UK, New Zealand, slang) A penis.
  6. (genetics) This word needs a translation to English. Please help out and add a translation, then remove the text {{rfdef}}.
    a knobbed chromosome
  7. (slang, pejorative) A contemptible person.
  8. (cooking) A dollop, an amount just larger than a spoonful (usually referring to butter)

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Verb[edit]

knob (third-person singular simple present knobs, present participle knobbing, simple past and past participle knobbed)

  1. (UK, slang, vulgar, of a man) To have sex with.

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Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Low German knōp (knot). Compare Dutch knoop and Swedish knop.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /knoːb/, [kʰnoːˀb̥]

Noun[edit]

knob n, c

  1. knot (speed on water)
  2. knot (looping of a rope)

Usage notes[edit]

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.

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