Origin of bowknot

First recorded in 1540–50; bow2 + knot1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for bowknot

Historical Examples of bowknot

  • But he'll tie you in a bowknot if you hold to the old theological doctrines.

    Burned Bridges

    Bertrand W. Sinclair

  • The men call it a "bowknot" of river; so we name it Bowknot Bend.

  • We are afraid that someday you may run away and leave us, so we wish to tie you to us with a bowknot of affection.

  • Resting on its satin bed gleamed a string of graduated pearls from which hung a pearl pendant in the form of a bowknot.

  • Bowknot—is tied like the square knot, but with ends doubled back in tying the latter half—used on neckties and ribbons.

    Educational Toys

    Louis C. Petersen

British Dictionary definitions for bowknot


  1. a decorative knot usually having two loops and two loose ends; bow
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