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Origin of knurled

First recorded in 1605–15; knurl + -ed3


or nurl

  1. 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.
  2. a knur.
verb (used with object)
  1. 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. 2018

Related Words for knurled

bumpy, coarse, gnarled, knobby, knotty, rough

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Contemporary Examples of knurled

  • Savor the perfectly pitched ear required to turn a simple phrase like “a dumpling, some knurled pouch of gristle.”

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Historical Examples of knurled

British Dictionary definitions for knurled



verb (tr)
  1. to impress with a series of fine ridges or serrations
  1. 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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