Definitions

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  • adj. Knucklelike.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having prominent knuckles or finger-joints.

Etymologies

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From knuckle +‎ -y.

Examples

  • Like a 3D image of a hand only with the fingers curled into a fist, so it's just a big fricking knuckly lump if you're looking at the outline and a ball of bones all folded over one another if you're looking at the skeleton.

    Archive 2008-06-01

  • He shook it with his callused, knuckly one, and with that they established their truce.

    DIAMOND RUBY

  • His fists were balled into knuckly knots at his sides.

    Rot & Ruin

  • Then they usually ask what that fleshy, knuckly looking thing is approaching rapidly from their left.

    catpewk Diary Entry

  • She gazed about their bedroom, and its full dismalness crawled over her: the awkward knuckly L-shape of it; the black walnut bed with apples and spotty pears carved on the headboard; the imitation maple bureau, with pink-daubed scent-bottles and a petticoated pin-cushion on a marble slab uncomfortably like a gravestone; the plain pine washstand and the garlanded water - pitcher and bowl.

    Main Street

  • But the hand which I now saw, clearly enough, in the yellow light of a mid-London morning, lying half shut on the bed-clothes, was lean, corded, knuckly, of a dusky pallor and thickly shaded with a swart growth of hair.

    The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

  • And after dinner, Mahony having been called back to the surgery, the Baron strayed to the drawing-room, opened the piano, and put his hairy, knuckly hands on the keys.

    Ultima Thule

  • At Duke lane a ravenous terrier choked up a sick knuckly cud on the cobblestones and lapped it with new zest.

    Ulysses

  • I glanced at his reddish, smooth, rather knuckly hands, and thin wrists in the frayed cuff.

    Twilight in Italy

  • Pepperidge took a step or two, his thin body stocky-looking in his padded windbreaker, his raw, knuckly hands tucked under his arms, his eyes resting nowhere.

    Quiller Bamboo

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