[ noh-ing ]
/ ˈnoʊ ɪŋ /


affecting, implying, or deliberately revealing shrewd knowledge of secret or private information: a knowing glance.
that knows; having knowledge or information; intelligent.
shrewd, sharp, or astute.
conscious; intentional; deliberate.

Origin of knowing

1325–75; Middle English knawynge (earlier knowende, knawande). See know1, -ing2

Related forms

know·ing·ly, adverbknow·ing·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for knowingly


/ (ˈnəʊɪŋ) /


suggesting secret information or knowledge
wise, shrewd, or clever
deliberate; intentional


there is no knowing one cannot tell

Derived Forms

knowingly, adverbknowingness, noun
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