[ nuhk-uhl-bohn ]

  1. (in humans) any of the bones forming a knuckle of a finger.

  2. (in quadrupeds) a bone homologous with a wrist, ankle, or finger bone of humans, or its knobbed end.

Origin of knucklebone

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at knuckle, bone

Words Nearby knucklebone Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use knucklebone in a sentence

  • But they must wait in patience yet a little longer, if even a knucklebone is to be a share.

    The Three Mulla-mulgars | Walter De La Mare

British Dictionary definitions for knucklebone


/ (ˈnʌkəlˌbəʊn) /

  1. any bone forming part of a knuckle or knuckle joint

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