knives

[nahyvz]

noun

plural of knife.

Nearby words

  1. knitted,
  2. knitter,
  3. knitting,
  4. knitting needle,
  5. knitwear,
  6. knob,
  7. knob latch,
  8. knob lock,
  9. knobble,
  10. knobbler

knife

[nahyf]

noun, plural knives [nahyvz] /naɪvz/.

an instrument for cutting, consisting essentially of a thin, sharp-edged, metal blade fitted with a handle.
a knifelike weapon; dagger or short sword.
any blade for cutting, as in a tool or machine.

verb (used with object), knifed, knif·ing.

to apply a knife to; cut, stab, etc., with a knife.
to attempt to defeat or undermine in a secret or underhanded way.

verb (used without object), knifed, knif·ing.

to move or cleave through something with or as if with a knife: The ship knifed through the heavy seas.

Origin of knife

before 1100; Middle English knif, Old English cnīf; cognate with Dutch knijf, German Kneif, Old Norse knīfr

Related formsknife·like, adjectiveknif·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for knives

knives

noun

the plural of knife

knife

noun plural knives (naɪvz)

a cutting instrument consisting of a sharp-edged often pointed blade of metal fitted into a handle or onto a machine
a similar instrument used as a weapon
have one's knife in someone to have a grudge against or victimize someone
twist the knife to make a bad situation worse in a deliberately malicious way
the knives are out for someone British people are determined to harm or put a stop to someonethe knives are out for Stevens
under the knife undergoing a surgical operation

verb (tr)

to cut, stab, or kill with a knife
to betray, injure, or depose in an underhand way
Derived Formsknifelike, adjectiveknifer, noun

Word Origin for knife

Old English cnīf; related to Old Norse knīfr, Middle Low German knīf

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Word Origin and History for knives
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Idioms and Phrases with knives

knife

see at gunpoint (knifepoint); under the knife; you could cut it with a knife.

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