Knock - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |nɑːk|  American pronunciation of the word knock
Brit.  |nɒk|  British pronunciation of the word knock


- the sound of knocking (as on a door or in an engine or bearing)(syn: knocking)
- negative criticism (syn: roast)
- a vigorous blow(syn: bang, bash, belt, smash)
- a bad experience
- the act of hitting vigorously (syn: belt, rap, whack, whang)


- deliver a sharp blow or push
- rap with the knuckles
- knock against with force or violence (syn: bump)
- make light, repeated taps on a surface (syn: pink, rap, tap)
- sound like a car engine that is firing too early (syn: ping, pink)
- find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws(syn: criticise, criticize)


The ball knocked him on the chin.

She knocked the glass from his hand.

He knocked the baseball over the fence.

The ball hit him in the mouth and knocked out one of his teeth.

The wind knocked him backwards.

The dog knocked against the lamp.

My knee accidentally knocked against the table.

Skaters were knocking into each other all over the ice.

I accidentally knocked my knee against the table.

He gave him a knock on the head.

There was a loud knock at the door.

She took some knocks early in her career.

He likes praise but can't stand the knocks.

We have knocked double-knocks at the street-door.

I've been knocking away for ages, but nobody has answered the door.

Phrasal verbs

knock about  — strike against forcefully
knock down  — cause to come or go down
knock off  — get rid of (someone who may be a threat) by killing
knock out  — eliminate
knock up  — make pregnant

Word forms

I/you/we/they: knock
he/she/it: knocks
present participle: knocking
past tense: knocked
past participle: knocked
singular: knock
plural: knocks
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