American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Chiefly British A person who buys worn-out or old livestock and slaughters them to sell the meat or hides.
- n. Chiefly British A person who buys discarded structures and dismantles them to sell the materials.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That which knacks or knocks; in the plural, two pieces of wood or bone used as a plaything by boys, who strike them together by moving the hand; castanets; bones.
- n. A maker of knacks, toys, or small work.
- n. A collar- and harness-maker, employed chiefly by farmers.
- n. Acolliers' horse.
- n. One whose occupation is the slaughtering of diseased or useless horses; also, one who deals in such horses, whether for use or slaughter.
- n. A man who dismantles and sells the materials of old houses, ships, etc.
- n. One who makes knickknacks, toys, etc.
- n. One of two or more pieces of bone or wood held loosely between the fingers, and struck together by moving the hand; a clapper.
- n. A harness maker.
- n. One who slaughters and (especially) renders worn-out livestock (especially horses) and sells their flesh, bones and hides.
- n. One who dismantles old ships, houses etc., and sells their components.
- n. Ireland, UK, offensive A member of the Travelling Community; a Gypsy.
- n. Ireland, offensive, slang A person of lower social class; a chav, skanger or scobe.
- v. To tire out, become exhausted.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who makes knickknacks, toys, etc.
- n. One of two or more pieces of bone or wood held loosely between the fingers, and struck together by moving the hand; -- called also
- n. Obs. or Prov. Eng. a harness maker.
- n. engraving One who slaughters worn-out horses and sells their flesh for dog's meat.
- n. someone who buys up old horses for slaughter
- n. someone who buys old buildings or ships and breaks them up to recover the materials in them
- From Old Norse hnak ("saddle"), hur ("horse") − the profession of saddlemaker. (Wiktionary)
- Probably of Scandinavian origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“My solutions: Compulsory sterilisation of the criminal and feckless classes (using a three strikes and out policy for any offences other than motoring), no welfare BUT workfare for the fit and healthy (being a fat knacker is not an excuse as regular work and exercise will have a beneficial effect), combined with regular drug testing.”
“One defintion of a knacker is "a person who purchases or hauls away livestock carcasses for processing into tallow, hides, fertilizer, etc.”
“A 'knacker' is one who slaughters worn-out livestock and sells their flesh, bones and hides.”
“If you get get pissed and act like a knacker at a Wedding/Wake then you should be disciplined.”
“I would dearly love to spend the time on the 20% of decent, honest, genuine victims but I really dont have the time due to having to trace knacker Ned to update him on how the investigation into his complaint of “theft of giro” is coming along.”
“• Good news, finally, for at last Britain along with the United States and France is to have an aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean – hooray for HMS Invincible: on her way to a knacker's yard in Turkey.”
“They know that if they mention the word ‘knife’, ‘threats’, ‘assault’ when they ring us to make the latest complaint against whichever knacker has incurred their displeasure, they will get a quicker response and it will have to be treated more seriously.”
“He likes to knacker himself completely before a long flight.”
“Problem is that he has to get down with Karl Lagefeld though at least hes lost the lard-remember when he was a fat knacker??”
“Five-hour meetings of Full Council knacker me, and do next-to-nothing for my residents.”
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