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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.


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Origin of knap

1425–75; late Middle English; cognate with Dutch knap (noun), knappen (v.) crack; orig. imitative


knap·per, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for knapper (1 of 2)

/ (næp) /


dialect the crest of a hill

Word Origin for knap

Old English cnæpp top; compare Old Norse knappr knob

British Dictionary definitions for knapper (2 of 2)

/ (næp) /

verb knaps, knapping or knapped

(tr) dialect to hit, hammer, or chip

Derived forms of knap

knapper, 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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