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[nik-er-bok-er] /ˈnɪk ərˌbɒk ər/
a descendant of the Dutch settlers of New York.
any New Yorker.
Origin of Knickerbocker
1800-10, Americanism; generalized from Diedrich Knickerbocker, fictitious author of Washington Irving's History of New York Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Here was the mythological monster that the Knickerbocker has become.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • The other was an odd mélange, which had appeared in chapters in the Knickerbocker Magazine.

    Memoirs Charles Godfrey Leland
  • There was never anything quite like the Knickerbocker, and there never will be again.

    Memoirs Charles Godfrey Leland
  • Soon after, Clark republished it in the Knickerbocker, saying that it was evidently by me.

    Memoirs Charles Godfrey Leland
  • He had read the Knickerbocker, and knew my name well, and took good care of us.

    Memoirs Charles Godfrey Leland
  • And he sighed deeply, and put his hands into his Knickerbocker pockets.

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  • I mailed it next day to the Knickerbocker, with stamps for return if unavailable.

    Eben Holden Irving Bacheller
British Dictionary definitions for Knickerbocker


noun (US)
a descendant of the original Dutch settlers of New York
an inhabitant of New York
Word Origin
C19: named after Diedrich Knickerbocker, fictitious Dutchman alleged to be the author of Washington Irving's History of New York (1809)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Knickerbocker

"descendant of Dutch settlers of New York," 1831, from Diedrich Knickerbocker, the name under which Washington Irving published his popular "History of New York" (1809). The pen-name was borrowed from Irving's friend Herman Knickerbocker, and literally means "toy marble-baker."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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