noun, plural knives [nahyvz] /naɪvz/.
verb (used with object), knifed, knif·ing.
verb (used without object), knifed, knif·ing.
- kniest syndrome,
- knife box,
- knife edge,
- knife grinder,
- knife pleat,
- knife rest
Origin of knife
Examples from the Web for knifing
He wanted someone who could communicate with the generals and keep them from knifing him in the back.
What's to prevent her singing their confounded death song, or invoking heathen spirits, or knifing us all, for that matter?An Apache Princess|Charles King
He held his breath, awaiting the knifing pain it seemed natural to expect.Flamedown|Horace Brown Fyfe
And I object just as much to knifing a man as I do to being knifed, said Raimundo.
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.