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verb (used with or without object), knapped, knap·ping. Chiefly British Dialect.
  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.
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Origin of knap2

1425–75; late Middle English; cognate with Dutch knap (noun), knappen (v.) crack; orig. imitative
Related formsknap·per, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for knapped


  1. dialect the crest of a hill
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Word Origin

Old English cnæpp top; compare Old Norse knappr knob


verb knaps, knapping or knapped
  1. (tr) dialect to hit, hammer, or chip
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Derived Formsknapper, noun

Word Origin

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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