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

  • adj. Reaching as high as the knees: knee-deep floodwaters.
  • adj. Submerged to the knees: was knee-deep in mud.
  • adj. Deeply occupied or involved: is knee-deep in work.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Reaching up to the knees.
  • adj. Submerged to the knees.
  • adj. Deeply involved in something, or preoccupied with something.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Rising to the knees; knee-high.
  • adj. Sunk to the knees.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Rising to the knees: as, the snow lay knee-deep.
  • Sunk to the knees: as, wading knee-deep in water or mire.

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

  • adj. coming only to the ankle or knee
  • adv. up to the knees


Sorry, no etymologies found.


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  • "I am not from here," said the 70-year-old rice farmer, as his bloodshot eyes tried to measure whether his boxy white truck could make it through the knee-deep water.

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  • A Coast Guardsman, wanting to memorialize his role in fighting the spill, asked for a tattoo of SpongeBob SquarePants, the cartoon character, standing knee-deep in oil.

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  • Harry's passion is theatre/arts therapy and he's knee-deep in starting up his own practice.

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  • The red-coated, many-antlered buck acknowledged the lordship of the spirit of the place and dozed knee-deep in the cool, shaded pool.

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  • Jeering and cursing us, the guards ran in the fire hose and played the fierce streams on us, dungeon by dungeon, hour after hour, until our bruised flesh was battered all anew by the violence with which the water smote us, until we stood knee-deep in the water which we had raved for and for which now we raved to cease.

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  • And finally, at the end of an hour, with aching back, sweat-soaked shirt, and slaughtered hands, you are through and swinging along on the placid, beneficent tide between narrow banks where the cattle stand knee-deep and gaze wonderingly at you.


  • "Dolly looks as though she'd forgotten all about yesterday," Chris said, as they sat their horses knee-deep in the rushing water.

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  • Standing knee-deep in the icy water, the Minook men, with Montana Kid and the policeman, gripped hands and raised their voices in the terrible, "Battle Hymn of the Republic."


  • Huge squad rooms, knee-deep in the litter of things the toil of men has made — hats, caps, shirts, modern leather shoes and rude sandals of the sort worn on the north Mediterranean half a thousand years before the days of Julius

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