- 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 knobs
He required others to open doors for him because he so abhorred touching the knobs or other metal objects.We Already Know What Adam Lanza’s Real Motive Was at Sandy Hook
November 26, 2013
My ribs are like a xylophone, and the knobs of my spine stick up like ponderous cairns in the landscape of my back.Live Nude Girl Bares All
February 20, 2009
In short, it reminds one of Bardolph's face—'all bubukles and whelks and knobs.'The Book-Hunter at Home
P. B. M. Allan
He took a piece of charcoal, as he spoke, and brought it into contact with two of the knobs.Post Haste
Fig. 225 shows the edge of the door with the three knobs in place.Shelters, Shacks and Shanties
Buckstone gives notice of the thieving Knobs University job.The Gilded Age, Complete
Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner
She opened all the drawers, pressed all the knobs in the carved brasswork.Oswald Bastable and Others
- 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 knobs
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.