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  • adj. Alternative spelling of knockkneed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the legs bent inward so that the knees touch in walking.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the legs curved inward so that the knees touch or knock together in walking; hence, halting; feeble: as, a very knock-kneed argument. Formerly also knack-kneed.

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

  • adj. having the knees abnormally close together and the ankles wide apart


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  • As someone who is slightly knock-kneed, getting older and finding my hips less tolerant of “mashing,” I was thinking a wider stance might be more natural in my case.

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  • All his art is self-portraiture while his pseudo-radical groupuscule, the toothsomely named Party of Dynamic Erection, is camouflage for the knock-kneed terror that its members – Wick, Irwin and Nipple Warner – all feel in the presence of women.

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  • Think Buenos Aires, runaway Nazis, giant dice in the opening shot and musical numbers – all grafted on to a three-way melodrama of outrageous sexual provocation and emotional blackmail that's played like a minuet by scheming adventuress Hayworth and her two knock-kneed beaus itinerant gambler Glenn Ford and scarfaced casino boss George Macready on a gigantic, lavishly appointed set that amounts to a fantasia on mid-century Hollywood's notions of Latin-Americanness.

    Gilda is pure, undistilled Rita Hayworth

  • Notice that the round muscle-pads on the inner sides that make most women appear knock-kneed are missing.


  • As a result, women's knees are more likely to collapse inward, in a knock-kneed position, and suffer injury.

    New Steps to Help Prevent Knee Injuries in Teen Sports

  • In the same way, the arch of its foot and its leg bones were well suited for human-like upright walking—with a slightly knock-kneed gait—while its heel and shin bone were more like those of a chimpanzee, better configured for climbing trees.

    Fossil Trove Sheds Light On a Stage of Evolution

  • Miraculous, until you realise that the knock-kneed, squinty-eyed prince was one of the most recognisable men in France.

    Classic France: the insiders' guide

  • While the world marched along in practised synchrony I was the one who chose to lag behind, knock-kneed and slightly out of step.

    My Other Mother is a Ferrari

  • Between the author's name, the book's title and the cover art, which features a black woman with red lips, a long weave and a knock-kneed pose in fishnet stockings -- you pretty much know what kind of story is inside without reading the back cover.

    Demetria Irwin: 'Urban Fiction' I Actually Like?

  • Here, with time to settle, his straight driving was increasingly imperious, in particular off the powerfully built England Under-19 all-rounder Luke Fletcher (a slightly knock-kneed Flintoff-style figure), who bowled with encouraging aggression and bounce.

    Jaik Mickleburgh finds range to give Essex edge over Nottinghamshire


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