American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A hinged fixture, such as a metal ring or bar, used for knocking on a door.
- n. Vulgar Slang A woman's breasts.
- n. A goblin or dwarf said to live under the earth and direct miners to ore by knocking.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who knocks.
- n. A spirit or goblin supposed to dwell in mines, and to indicate the presence of rich veins of ore by knocking.
- n. A knob, bar, or ring of metal attached to an outer door, by knocking with which persons seeking admittance can attract the notice of the inmates. It is usually so held by a hinge that it can be lifted and allowed to fall against a metal plate or stud, giving a sharp blow. It has now generally given place to the door-bell.
- n. In milling, a device attached to a flour-bolt to jar or shake it at intervals, in order to free the cloth from the flour.
- n. One who keeps up a system of ‘knocking’ or persistent attack, with ulterior motives. See knock, v. i., 4.
- n. A sort of pendant to a wig.
- n. A device, usually hinged with a striking plate, used for knocking on a door.
- n. A person who knocks (denigrates) many things.
- n. slang (usually in plural) A woman's breasts.
- n. A dwarf, goblin, or sprite imagined to dwell in mines and to indicate the presence of ore by knocking particularly in Cardigan etc. in South Wales (18th..19th century).
- n. pinball A mechanical device in a pinball table that produces a loud percussive noise.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who, or that which, knocks; specifically, an instrument, or kind of hammer, fastened to a door, to be used in seeking for admittance.
- n. Slang. A person strikingly handsome, beautiful, or fine; one who wins admiration; a “stunner.”
- n. A species of large cockroach, especially Blabera gigantea, of semitropical America, which is able to produce a loud knocking sound.
- n. vulgar a woman's breast.
- n. a person who knocks (as seeking to gain admittance)
- n. (Yiddish) a big shot who knows it and acts that way; a boastful immoderate person
- n. either of two soft fleshy milk-secreting glandular organs on the chest of a woman
- n. a device (usually metal and ornamental) attached by a hinge to a door
- n. one who disparages or belittles the worth of something
- to knock + -er (Wiktionary)
“Startled, I look up, and see that the knocker is a man who looked a bit like this guy.”
“In England, one solution to this problem was to hire someone called a knocker-up.”
“How do we support the Navy Captain, a ring knocker from the Naval Academy, who was deep selected for his first star two years ahead of his classmates.”
“Too weary to walk round the board and open the door, she called the knocker in, though Clovis had warned her that in Detroit it was a dangerous thing to do.”
“I walked up to his front door, and knocked in a manner to denote with sufficient distinctiveness that the mood of the knocker was the imperative.”
“The knocker is a thing which is generally composed of brass or iron.”
“At last he went, and I sat down to my chicken; but the knocker was at it again before I/[Page 258]/had eaten two mouthfuls!”
“Williams Wynn's door, not far from this house, I saw a gold knocker, which is said to be unscrewed every night lest it should be stolen.”
“(where it's poetically referred to as a knocker) -- that's another matter entirely.”
“We were greatly troubled a few years ago, by the innovation of a new kind of knocker, without any face at all, composed of a wreath depending from a hand or small truncheon.”
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Turned this up on etymonline.com (link). It's amazing.
1937, coined in the fantasy tales of J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973).
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Names of 'the Devil himself, the devils his "flaming ministers", household goblins, rural demons, bogles, sprites, and fairies of all kinds' mentioned in Charles P.G. Scott's 'The Devil and His Imp...
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