- a special skill, talent, or aptitude: He had a knack for saying the right thing.
- a clever or adroit way of doing something.
- a trick or ruse.
- a sharp, cracking sound.
- Archaic. a knickknack; trinket.
Origin of knack
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Examples from the Web for knack
Brinsley was trying to produce tracks—hip-hop, mostly—and he apparently had a knack as a techie.Alleged Cop Killer’s Blood-Soaked Screenplay
December 24, 2014
In the film, Foxx is able to showcase his singing, knack for comedy and all-around versatility.Jamie Foxx: Get Over the Black ‘Annie’
December 20, 2014
Puck artists, like their predecessors, combined picture-making skills with a caricatural precision and a knack for lethal symbols.The Magazine That Made—and Unmade—Politicians
November 2, 2014
Nigel Lythgoe has a knack for resuscitating pop culture tenets that seem on their death bed.Nigel Lythgoe on How to Save Reality TV, ‘On the Town,’ and ‘Brokeback Ballroom’
October 22, 2014
How did you develop this knack for inventing, and surrealism?Michel Gondry on ‘Mood Indigo,’ Kanye West, and the 10th Anniversary of ‘Eternal Sunshine’
July 20, 2014
Yet do I know what a task I have undertaken, because of the knack you are noted for at writing.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
I said it required a knack or a genius or something and that I was certain you had it.Mary-'Gusta
Joseph C. Lincoln
Nothing is more important to good teaching than the knack of apt illustration.College Teaching
The Moors brought the knack from the ancient city of Damascus.Getting to know Spain
Did we children of Boccaccio impart to you that knack for practical joking?
- a skilful, ingenious, or resourceful way of doing something
- a particular talent or aptitude, esp an intuitive one
Word Origin and History for knack
mid-14c., "deception, trick, device," of uncertain origin, probably from a Low German word meaning "a sharp sounding blow" (cf. Middle English knak, late 14c.; German knacken "to crack"), of imitative origin. Sense of "special skill" is first recorded 1580s, if this is in fact the same word.