Knuckle - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈnʌkl|  American pronunciation of the word knuckle
Brit.  |ˈnʌk(ə)l|  British pronunciation of the word knuckle


- a joint of a finger when the fist is closed


- press or rub with the knuckles
- shoot a marble while keeping one's knuckles on the ground


She rapped her knuckles on the table.

He had to knuckle and comply in all points.

Her knuckles whitened as she gripped the gun.

Some of his jokes are a bit near the knuckle.

...encouraged her to stand firm and not knuckle under to political pressure...

...the remote outpost was overrun and forced to knuckle under...

Should the employers knuckle under to the workers' demands?

Phrasal verbs

knuckle down  — work very hard, like a slave
knuckle under  — consent reluctantly

Word forms

I/you/we/they: knuckle
he/she/it: knuckles
present participle: knuckling
past tense: knuckled
past participle: knuckled
singular: knuckle
plural: knuckles
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