noun, plural knives [nahyvz] /naɪvz/.
verb (used with object), knifed, knif·ing.
verb (used without object), knifed, knif·ing.
Origin of knife
Related Words for knifebayonet, dagger, blade, sword, skewer, machete, sickle, cutter, scalpel, lance, steel, shank, point, edge, cutlass, sabre, switchblade, scythe, bolo, stiletto
Examples from the Web for knife
Contemporary Examples of knife
I took out my knife, my Ka-Bar, and knocked his teeth out, but they fell into his throat.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
But in the next instant, Peters is stepping back to the table and snatching up the knife.
“Stand the f--- away from the knife right now, man,” the cop says.
The cop then says, “Put the knife on the table right there.”
The cop reholsters his gun, and it seems to have ended with no further bloodshed as he moves to retrieve the knife.
Historical Examples of knife
Fish called on Knife and told him that he did not care for money.
He made signs for me to give him the knife, but I could not, as we were very short of knives.Explorations in Australia
Knife, however, must promise to leave his land to his son-in-law in case he died.
It was brought—but, by order of the huissier, only one knife was placed on the table.
Cut deeper; the knife is too short: deeper, mia brave Corneliolina!
noun plural knives (naɪvz)
Word Origin for knife
late Old English cnif, probably from Old Norse knifr, from Proto-Germanic *knibaz (cf. Middle Low German knif, Middle Dutch cnijf, German kneif), of uncertain origin. To further confuse the etymology, there also are forms in -p-, e.g. Dutch knijp, German kneip. French canif "penknife" (mid-15c.) is borrowed from Middle English or Norse.
1865, from knife (n.). Related: Knifed; knifing.
see at gunpoint (knifepoint); under the knife; you could cut it with a knife.