[ nob-ee ]
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adjective,knob·bi·er, knob·bi·est.
  1. full of or covered with knobs: the knobby trunk of a tree.

  2. shaped like a knob.

Origin of knobby

First recorded in 1535–45; knob + -y1

Other words from knobby

  • knob·bi·ness, noun

Words Nearby knobby Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use knobby in a sentence

  • He saw a nose and a little, knobby chin and a bit of pinkish forehead with the pale yellow of hair above.

    Cabin Fever | B. M. Bower
  • The knobs on the trunk of a young pine reminded Franz strongly of knobby-kneed young Hertha Bittner.

    Rescue Dog of the High Pass | James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • The rest of his ruddy, knobby countenance, his erratic hair and his general hairy leanness had not even—to my perceptions grown.

    Tono Bungay | H. G. Wells
  • Mr. Caslon leaped nimbly to one side and whacked the goat savagely across the back with his knobby stick.

  • A beggar's sack hangs down over his ragged clothing, his hand holds a knobby stick.

British Dictionary definitions for knobby


/ (ˈnɒbɪ) /

adjective-bier or -biest
  1. having or covered with small knobs; knobbly

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