- to work (dough, clay, etc.) into a uniform mixture by pressing, folding, and stretching.
- to manipulate by similar movements, as the body in a massage.
- to make by kneading: to knead bread.
- to make kneading movements with: She kneaded her fist into her palm.
Origin of knead
Related Words for kneadrub, massage, form, aerate, blend, work, shape, ply, twist, push, stroke, press, squeeze, mold, alter, manipulate
Examples from the Web for knead
Contemporary Examples of knead
Mix together then knead to make a soft, smooth, elastic dough.Unusual Pizza to Cook on Your Grill
June 15, 2012
Pour in the chicken stock and knead with your hands until the bread is very moist, actually wet.Divine Apple Dishes
January 6, 2011
The chocolate is put in large conching machines that spin it though whirling blades to knead it for hours.Four Chocolate Questions Answered
September 29, 2009
Historical Examples of knead
When it has doubled in bulk, remove it from the bowl and knead it.
Knead the dough, let it rise again, and form it into loaves.
When it is well mixed, knead it with your hands into a stiff dough.
Knead it, and then roll it out into a sheet about half an inch thick.
When it is quite light, put it on your paste-board and knead it well.
- to work and press (a soft substance, such as bread dough) into a uniform mixture with the hands
- to squeeze, massage, or press with the hands
- to make by kneading
Word Origin for knead
Old English cnedan "to knead," from Proto-Germanic *knedanan (cf. Old Saxon knedan, Middle Dutch cneden, Dutch kneden, Old High German knetan, German kneten, Old Norse knoða "to knead"). Originally a strong verb (past tense cnæd, past participle cneden).