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.

verb (used with object), knobbed, knob·bing.

Origin of knob

1350–1400; Middle English knobbe < Middle Low German
Related formsknob·like, adjective
Can be confusedknob nob Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for knobbed

knob, pound, handle, pummel, club, cudgel, maul, belabor, strike, thwack, saddlebow, finial

Examples from the Web for knobbed

Historical Examples of knobbed

  • If they are knobbed at the end, the specimen is a male, otherwise it is a female or as yet immature.


    Cecil Warburton

  • The roots are knobbed and fibrous; and the stems are twisted and knobbed in a wild state.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for knobbed



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

verb knobs, knobbing or knobbed

(tr) to supply or ornament with knobs
(intr) to form into a knob; bulge
British taboo to have sexual intercourse with (someone)
Derived Formsknobby, adjectiveknoblike, adjective

Word Origin for knob

C14: from Middle Low German knobbe knot in wood; see knop
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

knobbed in Science



A prominent, rounded hill or mountain.
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