verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- kneller, sir godfrey,
Origin of knell
Examples from the Web for knell
But Knell's passionate, swift utterance carried the suggestion that the name ought to bring Poggin to quick action.The Lone Star Ranger|Zane Grey
The knell of Spain had rung: her power, ruined on all sides, crumbled away in hands too feeble to hold it.The Queen of the Savannah|Gustave Aimard
Knell, nel, n. the stroke of a bell: the sound of a bell at a death or funeral.
Every passing moment is a knell of death to my heart, when I think how few more we shall see before he is gone forever.Modern Flirtations|Catherine Sinclair
The blood leaves your cheeks and rushes to its citadel, frozen with fear, and in your ear sounds the knell of a departed joy.
Word Origin for knell
Old English cnyll "sound made by a bell when struck or rung slowly," perhaps of imitative origin. The Welsh cnull "death-bell" appears to be a borrowing from English. For vowel evolution, see bury.
Old English cnyllan "to toll a bell; strike, knock," cognate with Middle High German erknellen "to resound," Old Norse knylla "to beat, thrash;" probably imitative. Related: Knelled; knelling.
see death knell.