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knocker

[nok-er]
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noun
  1. a person or thing that knocks.
  2. a hinged knob, bar, etc., on a door, for use in knocking.
  3. Informal. a persistent and carping critic; faultfinder.
  4. Slang: Vulgar. a female breast.
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Idioms
  1. on the knocker, British Slang. canvassing or selling door-to-door.
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Origin of knocker

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at knock, -er1
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Related Words for knocker

carper, caviler, censor, nitpicker, quibbler, faultfinder, hypercritic, knocker

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Historical Examples of knocker

  • When he tried the knocker, a bobby came along and stopped him.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • What souvenir of a great man can compete with the knocker of his door?

  • Surely if any knocker is characteristic of its owner this one is.

  • A knocker of slender grace is the best feature of the hardware.

  • At the rat-tat-tat of the knocker her heart flew into her mouth.

    To-morrow

    Joseph Conrad


British Dictionary definitions for knocker

knocker

noun
  1. an object, usually ornamental and made of metal, attached to a door by a hinge and used for knocking
  2. informal a person who finds fault or disparages
  3. (usually plural) slang a female breast
  4. a person or thing that knocks
  5. on the knocker Australian and NZ informal promptly; at onceyou pay on the knocker here
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Word Origin and History for knocker

n.

late 14c., agent noun from knock. Sense of "door banger" is by 1590s. Knockers "a woman's breasts" is slang attested from 1941.

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