from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A bone in a knuckle-joint, especially of a sheep: used in the game of knuckle-bones. See dib.
  • noun plural The game played with dibs or knuckle-bones.


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  • As if the great name of the Creator of Heaven and earth could be made more solemn by a knuckle-bone, or a double-tooth, or a finger-nail, of

    A Child's History of England

  • And so, with more than his usual heartiness, he dived into his cupboard, and hauled out an old knuckle-bone of ham, and two or three bottles of beer, together with the solemn pewter only used on state occasions; while Arthur, equally elated at the easy accomplishment of his first act of volition in the joint establishment, produced from his side a bottle of pickles and a pot of jam, and cleared the table.

    Tom Brown's Schooldays

  • This was more or less the way in which the wolfhound's mind worked as he ambled over the Downs that evening with his big knuckle-bone.

    Jan A Dog and a Romance

  • He probably had some small twinges of misgiving, but endeavored to dismiss these by assuring himself that poor Desdemona was no doubt very sorry for her ill-temper of the previous day; that she doubtless was feeling his protracted absence keenly, and that it would be only courteous and fair now to let bygones be bygones, and present her with a really choice knuckle-bone by way of proving his forgiveness.

    Jan A Dog and a Romance

  • She perfunctorily touched Finn's nose with her own (rather rough and hot) muzzle in greeting and, accepting the knuckle-bone with somewhat unmannerly eagerness, carried it at once to the rear of the cave.

    Jan A Dog and a Romance

  • The upshot of it was that, after disposing of a good portion of the dinner placed in his big dish at six o'clock that evening (in the little courtyard in which he had once held a tramp bailed up all night), he picked up the large, succulent, and still decently covered knuckle-bone designed for his dessert, and, carrying this in his mouth, set out for the cave on the Downs.

    Jan A Dog and a Romance

  • She glanced suspiciously at the cheese, despairingly at the knuckle-bone, and then said, solemnly:

    The Doomsman

  • To the philosophic eye, surveying existence with the supreme wisdom of the initiate into mysteries, things changed but little through eons on the surface of the world, where men loved and hated, bred and slew, triumphed and failed, lorded and cringed as had been the way since the beginning, when the cave man that handled the heavier knuckle-bone ruled the roost.

    The Duke's Motto A Melodrama

  • "'Spring Valley,' says I."'Big Spring Valley,' chips in Paisley, out of a lot of potatoes and knuckle-bone of ham in his mouth.

    Heart of the West [Annotated]

  • So the punt, which was christened the "Cock-house" for the occasion, was loosed from her moorings, the Abernethys and knuckle-bone and other stores were put on board, the boat-hooks, by a combined effort, were got into position, and the party embarked for the rescue of Rollitt.

    The Cock-House at Fellsgarth


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