verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of knell
Examples from the Web for knell
Historical Examples of knell
The signs, which certainly did look like signs of guilt, struck a knell on the heart of his father.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
Still that word, which rang like a knell in his dazed brain!The Fortune of the Rougons
It sounded the knell of all hope of redress of their wrongs.Scaramouche
How often does the knell of vanished power repeat the lesson!
The dead I knell, the living wake, And the power of lightning break!Memoirs
Charles Godfrey Leland
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.