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knap

1

[ nap ]

noun

, British Dialect.
  1. a crest or summit of a small hill.


knap

2

[ nap ]

verb (used with or without object)

, Chiefly British Dialect.
, knapped, knap·ping.
  1. to strike smartly; rap.
  2. to break off abruptly.
  3. to chip or become chipped, as a flint or stone.
  4. to bite suddenly or quickly.

knap

1

/ næp /

verb

  1. dialect.
    tr to hit, hammer, or chip


knap

2

/ næp /

noun

  1. dialect.
    the crest of a hill
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Derived Forms

  • ˈknapper, noun
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Other Words From

  • knapper noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of knap1

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

Origin of knap2

First recorded in 1425–75; Late Middle English; cognate with Dutch knapen “to crack”; imitative of the sound
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Word History and Origins

Origin of knap1

C15 (in the sense: to strike with a sharp sound): of imitative origin; compare Dutch knappen to crack

Origin of knap2

Old English cnæpp top; compare Old Norse knappr knob
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Example Sentences

He departed for the Holy Land, his pouch as empty as his belly, his knap-sack as hollow as his cheeks.

From the donkey's pack-saddle hung a knap-sack, together with a large pouch of water.

Knap was quite young in those days, an excitable fellow with a sharp nose that gave him an air of self-importance.

She reached the wicket at Mistover Knap, but before opening it she turned and faced the heath once more.

The sellers of herbs … shall stand from Knap Hall towards Quatervois.

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