knack

[ nak ]
/ næk /

noun

a special skill, talent, or aptitude: He had a knack for saying the right thing.
a clever or adroit way of doing something.
a trick or ruse.
a sharp, cracking sound.
Archaic. a knickknack; trinket.

Origin of knack

1325–75; Middle English: trick; perhaps same word as knak sharp-sounding blow, rap, cracking noise (imitative)
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knack

/ (næk) /

noun

a skilful, ingenious, or resourceful way of doing something
a particular talent or aptitude, esp an intuitive one

Word Origin for knack

C14: probably variant of knak sharp knock, rap, of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for knack

knack


n.

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.

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