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[nob] /nɒb/
a projecting part, usually rounded, forming the handle of a door, drawer, or the like.
a rounded lump or protuberance on the surface or at the end of something, as a knot on a tree trunk.
Architecture. an ornamental boss, as of carved work.
a rounded hill, mountain, or elevation on a ridge.
verb (used with object), knobbed, knobbing.
to produce a knob on.
to furnish with a knob.
(in stone cutting) to knock off (excess stone) preparatory to dressing; knobble; skiffle.
Origin of knob
1350-1400; Middle English knobbe < Middle Low German
Related forms
knoblike, adjective
Can be confused
knob, nob. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for knobbed
Historical Examples
  • If they are knobbed at the end, the specimen is a male, otherwise it is a female or as yet immature.

    Spiders Cecil Warburton
  • The roots are knobbed and fibrous; and the stems are twisted and knobbed in a wild state.

    Botany for Ladies Jane Loudon
  • He has horns like the catfish, and is knobbed like a bludgeon-squash.

    Outlines of Zui Creation Myths Frank Hamilton Cushing
  • The plants and bushes around me were knobbed all over with wax-green buds.

    Memoirs of a Midget Walter de la Mare
  • He shuffled on his hat and caught firm hold of his knobbed umbrella.

    The Return Walter de la Mare
  • He had a knobbed stick, capable of dealing a very damaging blow.

    King of the Air Herbert Strang
  • It is a knobbed, irregular root, and when cooked resembles the ginseng.

  • Indeed, throughout his face there was something of the knobbed and gnarled character of that monarch of our woods.

  • Then the knobbed limbs snapped the white metal tube to a level position.

  • Then I saw him reaching with a knobbed claw for a slender silver tube slung to his harness.

British Dictionary definitions for knobbed


a rounded projection from a surface, such as a lump on a tree trunk
a handle of a door, drawer, etc, esp one that is rounded
a round hill or knoll or morainic ridge
(Brit, taboo) a slang word for penis
(Brit, informal) and the same to you with knobs on, and the same to you with brass knobs on, the same to you but even more so
verb knobs, knobbing, knobbed
(transitive) to supply or ornament with knobs
(intransitive) to form into a knob; bulge
(Brit, taboo) to have sexual intercourse with (someone)
Derived Forms
knobby, adjective
knoblike, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Middle Low German knobbe knot in wood; see knop
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Word Origin and History for knobbed



late 14c., knobe, probably from a Scandinavian or German source (cf. Middle Low German knobbe "knob," Middle Dutch cnoppe, Dutch knop, Old Frisian knopp, knapp, Old High German knopf, German Knopf "button," Old Norse knyfill "short horn"). Meaning "knoll, isolated round hill" is first recorded 1640s, especially in U.S.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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knobbed in Science
A prominent, rounded hill or mountain.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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Slang definitions & phrases for knobbed



  1. The head: Can you get that through your ugly knob? (1725+)
  2. A despised person; dork, jerk, prick: Don't they know what a knob he is? (1990s+)

[knob, ''penis,'' was British use in the 1800s, according to Tony Thorne]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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