knaw

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

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Verb[edit]

knaw (third-person singular simple present knaws, present participle knawing, simple past and past participle knawed)

  1. Archaic spelling of gnaw.

Etymology 2[edit]

Verb[edit]

knaw (third-person singular simple present knaws, present participle knawing, simple past knawed, past participle knawn)

  1. Eye dialect spelling of know.

Anagrams[edit]


Middle English[edit]

Noun[edit]

knaw

  1. Alternative form of knave

Middle Welsh[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Probably borrowed from Old Irish cnáim (bone),[1] but at any rate ultimately from Proto-Celtic *knāmis, from Proto-Indo-European *kónh₂m (leg). Cognate with Ancient Greek κνήμη (knḗmē, tibia) and English ham.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

knaw m (plural kneu or knouein)

  1. bone
  2. skull

Descendants[edit]

  • Welsh: pencnaw (end of a bone)

Mutation[edit]

Middle Welsh mutation
Radical Soft Nasal Aspirate
knaw gnaw knaw / chnaw
pronounced with /ŋ̥-/
chnaw
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Further reading[edit]

  • cnaw”, in Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru Online (in Welsh), University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies, 2014

References[edit]

  1. ^ Matasović, Ranko (2009) Etymological Dictionary of Proto-Celtic (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 9), Leiden: Brill, →ISBN, page 211