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  1. a small knob or similar rounded protuberance, especially for ornament.
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Origin of knop

1325–75; Middle English; Old English cnop; cognate with Dutch knop, German Knopf
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Examples from the Web for knops

Historical Examples

  • He did neither; he built a house all carved with knops, useless and unpractical.

    Crome Yellow

    Aldous Huxley

  • After breathing the oxygen he turned to Knops with a heart-rending cry.

  • "Well, Paz, I am glad you can help me out of my difficulty," said Knops.

  • He was relieved, however, to hear Knops command Paz to remain with him.

  • And the cedar of the house within was carved with knops and open flowers: all was cedar; there was no stone seen.

British Dictionary definitions for knops


  1. archaic a knob, esp an ornamental one
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Word Origin

C14: from Germanic; compare Middle Dutch cnoppe bud, Old High German knopf
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