Origin of knack
Examples from the Web for knack
Brinsley was trying to produce tracks—hip-hop, mostly—and he apparently had a knack as a techie.
In the film, Foxx is able to showcase his singing, knack for comedy and all-around versatility.
Puck artists, like their predecessors, combined picture-making skills with a caricatural precision and a knack for lethal symbols.
Nigel Lythgoe has a knack for resuscitating pop culture tenets that seem on their death bed.Nigel Lythgoe on How to Save Reality TV, ‘On the Town,’ and ‘Brokeback Ballroom’|Kevin Fallon|October 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
How did you develop this knack for inventing, and surrealism?Michel Gondry on ‘Mood Indigo,’ Kanye West, and the 10th Anniversary of ‘Eternal Sunshine’|Marlow Stern|July 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He seemed to own the knack of being wherever the fight was fiercest.King--of the Khyber Rifles|Talbot Mundy
The planting is not at all tedious after one gets the knack of it, and is light and pleasant work.The Peanut Plant|B. W. Jones
The bearer of all this tintinnabular clatter is chosen from its superior docility and knack in picking out a way.Gatherings From Spain|Richard Ford
You have a knack of telling the truth with a light touch that is quite refreshing.The Abandoned Farmer|Sydney Herman Preston
You will be delighted at the results, after you have caught the knack of applying it.Memory|William Walker Atkinson
Word Origin for knack
mid-14c., "deception, trick, device," of uncertain origin, probably from a Low German word meaning "a sharp sounding blow" (cf. Middle English knak, late 14c.; German knacken "to crack"), of imitative origin. Sense of "special skill" is first recorded 1580s, if this is in fact the same word.