- a crest or summit of a small hill.
Origin of knap1
before 1000; Middle English; Old English cnæpp top, summit; cognate with Old Norse knappr knob
- to strike smartly; rap.
- to break off abruptly.
- to chip or become chipped, as a flint or stone.
- to bite suddenly or quickly.
Origin of knap2
1425–75; late Middle English; cognate with Dutch knap (noun), knappen (v.) crack; orig. imitative
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Examples from the Web for knap
Knap, to break in two; also, to speak after the manner of the English.St. Ronan's Well
Sir Walter Scott
Also, a blow or correction, as "you'll knap it," for some misdeed.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
But from a knap on the knee-pan I have known a man a lamiter for life.
It was Mrs. Knap who had the happy thought—the Peace Movement.
"Really, I think he might have kept his remarks to himself," said Dr. Knap.
- dialect the crest of a hill
Old English cnæpp top; compare Old Norse knappr knob
- (tr) dialect to hit, hammer, or chip
C15 (in the sense: to strike with a sharp sound): of imitative origin; compare Dutch knappen to crack
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Word Origin and History for knap
"to strike with a sharp sound," late 15c., echoic. Earlier (c.1400) as a noun meaning "abrupt stroke." Related: Knapped; knapping.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper