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[nob-ee] /ˈnɒb i/
adjective, knobbier, knobbiest.
full of or covered with knobs:
the knobby trunk of a tree.
shaped like a knob.
Origin of knobby
First recorded in 1535-45; knob + -y1
Related forms
knobbiness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for knobby
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  • His face was almost as hard and knobby as his stick; and so were his hands.

  • 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
  • He gazed over Stephen's shoulder at Goldsmith's knobby poll.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • And carrying nice, knobby stone creeks to stave in our heads!

    Darkness and Dawn George Allan England
  • It was slim and sort o' knobby like this wood—what's the name of it, now?

    Average Jones Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • No line of beauty redeemed his lean limbs and knobby joints.

  • Cavity acute, wavy, brown; Stem medium to long, often knobby and clubbed.

    American Pomology J. A. Warder
British Dictionary definitions for knobby


adjective -bier, -biest
having or covered with small knobs; knobbly
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Word Origin and History for knobby

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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