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  1. 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
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Examples from the Web for knothole

Historical Examples

  • If Seth had arrived he could shout through that knothole and possibly be heard.

    The Woman-Haters

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • No nephew of mine is going to grow up and be a knothole audience.

  • Only the boy, peering through the knothole, was tense and vibrant.

    Frank of Freedom Hill

    Samuel A. Derieux

  • Grim of face, the boy took his stand once more at the knothole.

    Frank of Freedom Hill

    Samuel A. Derieux

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

British Dictionary definitions for knothole


  1. a hole in a piece of wood where a knot has been
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Word Origin and History for knothole


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

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