or knowl·edg·a·ble

[nol-i-juh-buh l]


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

Origin of knowledgeable

First recorded in 1600–10; knowledge + -able
Related formsknowl·edge·a·bil·i·ty, knowl·edge·a·ble·ness, nounknowl·edge·a·bly, adverbnon·knowl·edge·a·ble, adjectivequa·si-knowl·edge·a·ble, adjectivequa·si-knowl·edge·a·bly, adverbun·knowl·edge·a·ble, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for knowledgeable

Contemporary Examples of knowledgeable

Historical Examples of knowledgeable

  • Oley wasn't so knowledgeable but what he would ask an occasional question.

    Poppa Needs Shorts

    Leigh Richmond

  • So, judging I was a knowledgeable man, he asked my advice on this point.

  • But as certainly he's an interesting, clever, knowledgeable beast.

    In the Wilderness

    Robert Hichens

  • Din Cotter is a knowledgeable man compared with the bulk of you.

    Bits of Blarney

    R. Shelton Mackenzie

  • "He's a knowledgeable man, that," the old woman said with a shrewd smile.

British Dictionary definitions for knowledgeable




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 knowledgeable

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