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knocker

[nok-er] /ˈnɒk ər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that knocks.
2.
a hinged knob, bar, etc., on a door, for use in knocking.
3.
Informal. a persistent and carping critic; faultfinder.
4.
Slang: Vulgar. a female breast.
Idioms
5.
on the knocker, British Slang. canvassing or selling door-to-door.
Origin of knocker
1350-1400
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at knock, -er1
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Examples from the Web for knockers
Historical Examples
  • Our knockers are some of these powers, the guardians of mines.

    Welsh Folk-Lore Elias Owen
  • Some knockers are peculiar in that the design is not always apparent.

  • They are, sir; by the knockers, and by a supernatural voice heard at night.

    Wild Wales George Borrow
  • Have you ever heard the knockers, or the supernatural voice?

    Wild Wales George Borrow
  • A young gentleman had been fined £5 for wrenching off knockers from houses on the Denes.

    Yarmouth Notes Frederick Danby Palmer
  • It's you the knockers'll be after, next, an' much good all your readin'll do you, then!

    The Boy With the U.S. Miners Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • The knockers on the door grow impatient, and push the door open.

  • Wimpole Street was then famous for the knockers upon its doors.

    A Double Knot George Manville Fenn
  • The explanation of the knockers is more recent, and less palpable and convincing.

    British Goblins Wirt Sikes
  • These knockers at your gate are also believers in vengeance and in stabbing.

    Caesar and Cleopatra George Bernard Shaw
British Dictionary definitions for knockers

knocker

/ˈnɒkə/
noun
1.
an object, usually ornamental and made of metal, attached to a door by a hinge and used for knocking
2.
(informal) a person who finds fault or disparages
3.
(usually pl) (slang) a female breast
4.
a person or thing that knocks
5.
(Austral & NZ, informal) on the knocker, promptly; at once: you pay on the knocker here
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Word Origin and History for knockers

knocker

n.

late 14c., agent noun from knock. Sense of "door banger" is by 1590s. Knockers "a woman's breasts" is slang attested from 1941.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for knockers

knockers

noun

A woman's breasts; hooters: Dumb broads with big knockers, that's what guys go for (1941+)

knocker 2

noun

A very important person; big shot, macher: Knocker means a big shot, either real or imagined, and you pronounce that first ''k''

[1960s+; fr Yiddish, literally ''one who cracks or snaps a whip'']

knocker 1

noun

A consistently negative critic; detractor: that pack of knockers that have been howling (1898+)

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