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[dawr-nob, dohr-]
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  1. the handle or knob by which a door is opened or closed.
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Origin of doorknob

First recorded in 1840–50; door + knob
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  • He paused, his hand upon the doorknob, and turned to loose a last shaft at them.

    The Lion's Skin

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Anderton picked up the phone and I took a firm hold on the doorknob.


    James Benjamin Blish

  • Ye was froze harder'n a doorknob, but I guess I'm goin' to have ye out all complete.

  • At the head of the steps he fumbled with his hand until he found a doorknob.

    From Place to Place

    Irvin S. Cobb

  • "I'm sorry I can't sell my sample," I said, with my hand on the doorknob.

Word Origin and History for doorknob


1847, American English, from door + knob.

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