[ nee ]
/ ni /


verb (used with object), kneed, knee·ing.

to strike or touch with the knee.
to secure (a structure, as a bent) with a knee.

verb (used without object), kneed, knee·ing.

Obsolete. to go down on the knees; kneel.

Nearby words

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


Origin of knee

before 900; Middle English cneo, Old English cnēo(w); cognate with German, Dutch knie, Old Norse knē, Gothic kniu, Latin genu, Greek góny, Sanskrit jānu knee Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for knees


/ (niː) /


verb knees, kneeing or kneed

(tr) to strike, nudge, or push with the knee

Word Origin for knee

Old English cnēow; compare Old High German kneo, Old Norse knē, Latin genu

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Word Origin and History for knees
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Medicine definitions for knees


[ nē ]


The joint between the thigh and the lower leg, formed by the articulation of the femur and the tibia and covered anteriorly by the patella.
The region of the leg that encloses and supports this joint.

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Idioms and Phrases with knees


In addition to the idiom beginning with knee

, also see

  • bring to one's knees
  • on bended knee


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