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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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Examples from the Web for knapper

Historical Examples

  • He got a packet in the knapper this morning, and he's already on his way to Blighty.

    Dastral of the Flying Corps

    Rowland Walker

British Dictionary definitions for knapper


  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 knapper



"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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