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Knickerbocker

[nik-er-bok-er]
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noun
  1. a descendant of the Dutch settlers of New York.
  2. any New Yorker.
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Origin of Knickerbocker

1800–10, Americanism; generalized from Diedrich Knickerbocker, fictitious author of Washington Irving's History of New York
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  • Here was the mythological monster that the Knickerbocker has become.

    The Paliser case

    Edgar Saltus

  • There was never anything quite like the Knickerbocker, and there never will be again.

    Memoirs

    Charles Godfrey Leland

  • The other was an odd mélange, which had appeared in chapters in the Knickerbocker Magazine.

    Memoirs

    Charles Godfrey Leland

  • He had read the Knickerbocker, and knew my name well, and took good care of us.

    Memoirs

    Charles Godfrey Leland

  • Soon after, Clark republished it in the Knickerbocker, saying that it was evidently by me.

    Memoirs

    Charles Godfrey Leland


British Dictionary definitions for knickerbocker

Knickerbocker

noun US
  1. a descendant of the original Dutch settlers of New York
  2. an inhabitant of New York
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Word Origin

C19: named after Diedrich Knickerbocker, fictitious Dutchman alleged to be the author of Washington Irving's History of New York (1809)
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Word Origin and History for knickerbocker

Knickerbocker

"descendant of Dutch settlers of New York," 1831, from Diedrich Knickerbocker, the name under which Washington Irving published his popular "History of New York" (1809). The pen-name was borrowed from Irving's friend Herman Knickerbocker, and literally means "toy marble-baker."

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