having small ridges on the edge or surface; milled.
having knurls or knots; gnarled.

Nearby words

  1. knudsen,
  2. knulling,
  3. knur,
  4. knurl,
  5. knurl toe,
  6. knurling,
  7. knurly,
  8. knussen,
  9. knut,
  10. knäckebröd

Origin of knurled

First recorded in 1605–15; knurl + -ed3


or nurl



a small ridge or bead, especially one of a series, as on a button for decoration or on the edge of a thumbscrew to assist in obtaining a firm grip.
a knur.

verb (used with object)

to make knurls or ridges on.

Origin of knurl

1600–10; earlier knurle (noun). See knur, -le Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for knurled

British Dictionary definitions for knurled



verb (tr)

to impress with a series of fine ridges or serrations


a small ridge, esp one of a series providing a rough surface that can be gripped

Word Origin for knurl

C17: probably from knur

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Word Origin and History for knurled



"hard excrescence," c.1600, probably a diminutive of Middle English knor "knot" (c.1400), related to gnarl, from Proto-Germanic *knur- (cf. German knorren "a knotty excrescence"). Related: Knurly.

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