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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.

Nearby words

  1. knackery,
  2. knackwurst,
  3. knag,
  4. knaggy,
  5. knaidel,
  6. knapping hammer,
  7. knapsack,
  8. knapsack problem,
  9. knapweed,
  10. knar

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

British Dictionary definitions for knapped


/ (næp) /


dialect the crest of a hill

Word Origin for knap

Old English cnæpp top; compare Old Norse knappr knob


/ (næp) /

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 knapped



"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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