noun British Dialect.

a crest or summit of a small hill.

Origin of knap

before 1000; Middle English; Old English cnæpp top, summit; cognate with Old Norse knappr knob



verb (used with or without object), knapped, knap·ping. Chiefly British Dialect.

to strike smartly; rap.
to break off abruptly.
to chip or become chipped, as a flint or stone.
to bite suddenly or quickly.

Origin of knap

1425–75; late Middle English; cognate with Dutch knap (noun), knappen (v.) crack; orig. imitative
Related formsknap·per, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for knap

Historical Examples of knap

  • When the inhabitants were removed to Knap in North Curry and elsewhere, they took their old rafters with them or sold these.

    Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln

    Charles L. Marson

  • It was Mrs. Knap who had the happy thought—the Peace Movement.

    Dry Fish and Wet

    Anthon Bernhard Elias Nilsen

  • Knap, to break in two; also, to speak after the manner of the English.

    St. Ronan's Well

    Sir Walter Scott

  • Its situation gave the house what little distinctive name it possessed, namely, ‘The Knap.’

    Wessex Tales

    Thomas Hardy

  • Billy had showed David how to knap flint and chert the week before, after seeing a filmstrip about it in class.

British Dictionary definitions for knap




dialect the crest of a hill

Word Origin for knap

Old English cnæpp top; compare Old Norse knappr knob



verb knaps, knapping or knapped

(tr) dialect to hit, hammer, or chip
Derived Formsknapper, noun

Word Origin for knap

C15 (in the sense: to strike with a sharp sound): of imitative origin; compare Dutch knappen to crack
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Word Origin and History for knap

"to strike with a sharp sound," late 15c., echoic. Earlier (c.1400) as a noun meaning "abrupt stroke." Related: Knapped; knapping.

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