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- Possessing knowledge or understanding; knowledgeable, intelligent. [from 14th c.]
- Deliberate, wilful. [from 16th c.]
- Shrewd or showing clever awareness; discerning. [from 17th c.]
- a knowing rascal
- Demonstrating knowledge of what is in fashion; stylish, chic. [from 18th c.]
- 1792, Charlotte Smith, Desmond, Broadview, published 2001, page 173:
- ‘I was a raw boy from College, and fancied it very knowing to marry a girl that all the young fellows of my acquaintance reckoned so confounded handsome.’
- The ability to know something without being taught.
- Suggestive of private knowledge or understanding. [from 19th c.]
- 2017 July 30, Ali Barthwell, “Ice and fire finally meet in a front-loaded episode of Game Of Thrones (newbies)”, in The Onion AV Club:
- Jon and Tyrion greet each other with the words that have been used against them as weapons, sharing a knowing smile.
suggestive of private knowledge
- Given my knowledge about someone or something.
- Knowing you, you would try not to be late for school.
knowing (plural knowings)
- The act or condition of having knowledge.