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 knivesbayonet, dagger, blade, sword, skewer, machete, sickle, cutter, scalpel, lance, steel, shank, point, edge, cutlass, sabre, switchblade, scythe, bolo, stiletto
Examples from the Web for knives
Contemporary Examples of knives
Bill, full name William Poole, was a real life butcher, skilled with knives and raised in the art of street fighting.Brooklyn’s Gangster Graveyard
October 23, 2014
Men with knives had abducted members of a group sent there to spread awareness about the disease.
An angry mob brandishing machetes, stones, and knives lashed out.
Some had knives pressed against their throats for what seemed like an hour.Abducted, Tortured, Indoctrinated: The Tale of a Teen Who Escaped ISIS
August 4, 2014
They wielded baseball bats and knives, yelling “Jews, Jews, Jews” as they carried out the attacks.Italy Suddenly Gets Ugly for Jews
Barbie Latza Nadeau
July 29, 2014
Historical Examples of knives
He made signs for me to give him the knife, but I could not, as we were very short of knives.Explorations in Australia
Then she picked one of the knives from the bucket and handed it to him.Her Father's Daughter
Here my mistress met me with a double allowance of knives to clean.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
The arms of the pale faces are long, and their knives sharp!
Why should they brighten their tomahawks and sharpen their knives against each other?
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.