or knowl·edg·a·ble

[ nol-i-juh-buh l ]
/ ˈnɒl ɪ dʒə bəl /


possessing or exhibiting knowledge, insight, or understanding; intelligent; well-informed; discerning; perceptive.

Origin of knowledgeable

First recorded in 1600–10; knowledge + -able
Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for knowledgable

  • She described, as well as she could remember, her meeting with the knowledgable Mr. Mann.

    The Man Who Knew|Edgar Wallace
  • The man had been a wise fisherman, as knowledgable as any in Ardevora.

    Merry-Garden and Other Stories|Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • But Hugh Boy was silent as to what he thought of his first knowledgable kiss.

    Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City|S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett

British Dictionary definitions for knowledgable



/ (ˈnɒlɪdʒəbəl) /


possessing or indicating much knowledge
Derived Formsknowledgeableness or knowledgableness, nounknowledgeably or knowledgably, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for knowledgable



also knowledgable, c.1600, "capable of being known, recognizable" (a sense now obsolete), from knowledge in its Middle English verbal sense + -able. The modern sense of "having knowledge, displaying knowledge" is from 1829 and probably a new formation.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper