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knobby

[nob-ee]
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adjective, knob·bi·er, knob·bi·est.
  1. full of or covered with knobs: the knobby trunk of a tree.
  2. shaped like a knob.

Origin of knobby

First recorded in 1535–45; knob + -y1
Related formsknob·bi·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for knobby

Historical Examples

  • His face was almost as hard and knobby as his stick; and so were his hands.

    Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit

    Charles Dickens

  • A man sprang at me and thrust something cold and knobby into my neckcloth.

    Romance

    Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer

  • And then its briny deeps ceased to swim with knobby condiments.

    In a Little Town

    Rupert Hughes

  • They still caressed a knobby bit of metal in my overcoat pocket.

    The Pirate of Panama

    William MacLeod Raine

  • Jason clutched the knobby bark of the logs when he was left alone.

    Deathworld

    Harry Harrison


British Dictionary definitions for knobby

knobby

adjective -bier or -biest
  1. having or covered with small knobs; knobbly
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for knobby

adj.

1540s, from knob + -y (2). Alternative form knobbly attested from 1859. Related: Knobbiness.

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