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[not-hohl] /ˈnɒtˌhoʊl/
a hole in a board or plank formed by the falling out of a knot or a portion of a knot.
Origin of knothole
First recorded in 1720-30; knot1 + hole Unabridged
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  • Listlessly Mellie caught up a handful of pebbles and shied them one by one at a knothole in the woodshed wall.

    The Duck-footed Hound James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • If Seth had arrived he could shout through that knothole and possibly be heard.

    The Woman-Haters Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Poke a stick into a knothole and stir up the leaves at the bottom of the cavity, and then look in.

    The Log of the Sun William Beebe
  • No nephew of mine is going to grow up and be a knothole audience.

  • A knothole which led to the decayed interior was enlarged, the live wood being cut away as clean as a squirrel would have done it.

    Locusts and Wild Honey John Burroughs
  • From now on, day and night, there will be a cat at the knothole, and 'ware mouse!

    The Million Dollar Mystery Harold MacGrath
  • His plight being observed through a knothole, his enemies climbed upon the fence and regarded him seriously.

    Penrod and Sam Booth Tarkington
  • She could sit quietly on the floor opposite the knothole and wait for the Thoughts.

    Rebecca Mary Annie Hamilton Donnell
  • "I feel as if I'd been pulled through a knothole," said Joy.

    Gypsy's Cousin Joy Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
  • Through a knothole he could see the two men, and hear all that was being said.

    First at the North Pole Edward Stratemeyer
British Dictionary definitions for knothole


a hole in a piece of wood where a knot has been
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for knothole

1726, see knot (n.) + hole (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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