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/ nid /

verb (used with object)

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.

Nearby words

  1. knave,
  2. knavery,
  3. knavish,
  4. knavishly,
  5. knawel,
  6. knebworth house,
  7. knee,
  8. knee action,
  9. knee bend,
  10. knee brace

Origin of knead

before 950; Middle English kneden, Old English cnedan; cognate with German kneten, Dutch kneden

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British Dictionary definitions for knead


/ (niːd) /

verb (tr)

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
Derived Formskneader, noun

Word Origin for knead

Old English cnedan; related to Old Saxon knedan, Old Norse knotha

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Word Origin and History 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).

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