Definitions

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

  • n. Informal An unauthorized copy or imitation, as of designer clothing: "the place to go for quality knockoffs” ( Women's Wear Daily).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An imitation of something, particularly a well-known product, usually lower in quality and price than the original.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A cheap imitation of something popular, produced illegally without a license from the trademark owner, and of inferior materials.

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

  • n. an unauthorized copy or imitation

Etymologies

knock +‎ off (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Instead, all we know that a thinly-developed Superman knockoff is missing.

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  • Making Hitchcockian thrillers has always been a strong point, however to brand De Palma a Hitchcock knockoff is grossly unfair.

    Top 10 Voyeuristic Films » Scene-Stealers

  • The Bootleg Action Figure site features page after page after page of photos of crummy bootleg action figures -- this Batman knockoff is adorable.

    Boing Boing: June 26, 2005 - July 2, 2005 Archives

  • And beginning later this year, "90210" will beget the ultimate knockoff, which is, of course, a spinoff.

    Sorry, Wrong Zip Code

  • Today, you might wonder if Newsweek instead wants to be known as a knockoff of Us Weekly.

    MarketWatch.com - Top Stories

  • Maybe it is because they are loaded with old movies and big name knockoff titles these days.

    digg.com: Top News

  • District Court in Northern California this year accusing nine retailers, manufacturers and suppliers of selling "knockoff" chairs in connection with reproductions of the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman, Aluminum Group chair, and Soft Pad chair.

    In Design, Chair and Chair Alike

  • Only hours after it was announced, these same online commentators came to a consensus on Gen. Chi's accolade: Much like China's renowned counterfeits of Western consumer products, this is a shanzhai, or "knockoff," peace prize.

    The Harmony Prize

  • But even the obvious errors -- the "Fatal Attraction" knockoff "Fear," say -- have stiffened her resolve not to chase celebrity or play victims.

    Reese On Earth

  • I think they will know what the story is when they read it, and no, it's not a "knockoff" of "The Ship Who Sang."

    November 2008

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