from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A rounded protuberance.
  • n. A rounded handle, as on a drawer or door.
  • n. A rounded control switch or dial.
  • n. A prominent rounded hill or mountain.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A rounded protuberance, handle, or control switch.
  • n. A prominent rounded hill.
  • n. A rounded ornament on the hilt of an edged weapon; a pommel.
  • n. A prominent, rounded bump along a mountain ridge.
  • n. A penis.
  • n. A contemptible person.
  • n. A dollop, an amount just larger than a spoonful (usually referring to butter)
  • v. To have sex with.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A hard protuberance; a hard swelling or rising; a bunch; a lump.
  • n. A knoblike ornament or handle.
  • n. A rounded hill or mountain.
  • n. See Knop.
  • intransitive v. To grow into knobs or bunches; to become knobbed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To grow into knobs; bunch.
  • To produce a knob or knobs upon.
  • To free from knobs, as stone in the quarry, in rough-dressing it.
  • n. A rounded projection; a protuberance; a bunch; a knop.
  • n. A fleshy protuberance; a pimple.
  • n. A rounded projection forming the termination of something, as of a staff: specifically, the more or less ballshaped part of the handle for a door, drawer, or the like.
  • n. A prominent isolated hill; a hill generally: same as mound in Wisconsin and Iowa, and butte in the Cordilleran region. [Southern and western U. S.]
  • n. In entomology, a dilated outer portion of a part. Specifically — An expanded apical portion of an insect's antenna, as in a butterfly. In Diptera, the capitulum or outer portion of the halter or balancer. The distended outer portion of a fly's proboscis.
  • n. In a cannon, the spherical part at the rear end of the piece, forming the opposite extremity to the muzzle: it is a part of the cascabel. In ships' guns a breeching-loop takes the place of the knob.
  • n. In architecture, specifically, a bunch of leaves, flowers, or similar ornaments, as the boss at the intersection of ribs, the end of a label or other molding, or a bunch of foliage in a capital. In this sense also called knop and knot. See cut under boss.
  • n. Same as knobstick.
  • n. The rudiment of a deer's antler. Compare knobber.
  • n. A small flock, less than 30, of ducks: an English sporting-term.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a round handle
  • n. an ornament in the shape of a ball on the hilt of a sword or dagger
  • n. a circular rounded projection or protuberance
  • n. any thickened enlargement


Middle English knobbe, from Middle Low German, knot in wood.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English knobbe, from Middle Low German knobbe, knoppe ("a knot in wood"), from Proto-Germanic *knuppô (“lump, clod”), from Proto-Indo-European *gneub-, *gneup- (“to press, crush”). Cognate with Dutch knop ("button, knob"), German Knopf ("button, knob"), Swedish knopp ("knob"), Old English cnoppa ("knob"). See also knop. (Wiktionary)


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