- a projecting part, usually rounded, forming the handle of a door, drawer, or the like.
- a rounded lump or protuberance on the surface or at the end of something, as a knot on a tree trunk.
- Architecture. an ornamental boss, as of carved work.
- a rounded hill, mountain, or elevation on a ridge.
- to produce a knob on.
- to furnish with a knob.
- (in stone cutting) to knock off (excess stone) preparatory to dressing; knobble; skiffle.
Origin of knob
Examples from the Web for knobbed
If they are knobbed at the end, the specimen is a male, otherwise it is a female or as yet immature.Spiders
The roots are knobbed and fibrous; and the stems are twisted and knobbed in a wild state.Botany for Ladies
He has horns like the catfish, and is knobbed like a bludgeon-squash.Outlines of Zui Creation Myths
Frank Hamilton Cushing
The plants and bushes around me were knobbed all over with wax-green buds.Memoirs of a Midget
Walter de la Mare
He shuffled on his hat and caught firm hold of his knobbed umbrella.The Return
Walter de la Mare
- a rounded projection from a surface, such as a lump on a tree trunk
- a handle of a door, drawer, etc, esp one that is rounded
- a round hill or knoll or morainic ridge
- British taboo a slang word for penis
- and the same to you with knobs on or and the same to you with brass knobs on British informal the same to you but even more so
- (tr) to supply or ornament with knobs
- (intr) to form into a knob; bulge
- British taboo to have sexual intercourse with (someone)
Word Origin and History for knobbed
late 14c., knobe, probably from a Scandinavian or German source (cf. Middle Low German knobbe "knob," Middle Dutch cnoppe, Dutch knop, Old Frisian knopp, knapp, Old High German knopf, German Knopf "button," Old Norse knyfill "short horn"). Meaning "knoll, isolated round hill" is first recorded 1640s, especially in U.S.
- A prominent, rounded hill or mountain.