noun Etymology: Middle English knak Date: 14th century 1. a. a clever trick or stratagem b. a clever way of doing something 2. a special ready capacity that is hard to analyze or teach 3. archaic an ingenious device; broadly toy, knickknack Synonyms: see gift

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  • Knack — Knack, n. 1. A petty contrivance; a toy; a plaything; a knickknack. [1913 Webster] A knack, a toy, a trick, a baby s cap. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. A readiness in performance; aptness at doing a specific task; skill; aptitude; facility; dexterity;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • knack — [næk] n informal [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: Perhaps from Dutch or Low German knak (sound of) a sudden blow , from the sound] 1.) [singular] a natural skill or ability →↑talent knack for doing sth ▪ Some people seem to have a knack for making money …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Knack — may refer to: * A proficiency or competence. An aptitude that is exercised with skill and proficiency. * The Knack (Dilbert episode), an episode of the Dilbert cartoon TV show * Knack (magazine), a Belgian magazine * The Knack, a rock band * The… …   Wikipedia

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  • Knack — ist der Name: eines Kartenspiels, siehe Schwimmen (Kartenspiel) einer US amerikanischen Band, siehe The Knack Knack ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Peter Knack (1938–1976), deutscher Badmintonspieler Siehe auch: Knak (Begriffsklärung)… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • knack — [ næk ] noun singular INFORMAL 1. ) a skill or ability: She had a knack of making people feel really special. a ) OFTEN HUMOROUS used when someone often does the wrong thing: He has a knack for upsetting people. 2. ) a particular way of doing… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Knack — (n[a^]k), v. i. [Prob. of imitative origin; cf. G. knacken to break, Dan. knage to crack, and E. knock.] 1. To crack; to make a sharp, abrupt noise to chink. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] Bp. Hall. [1913 Webster] 2. To speak affectedly. [Prov. Eng.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Knäck — is a traditional Swedish toffee prepared at Christmas. The name translates into break and refers to its hard consistency (reminding of Daim or Skor bars). Some prefer their knäck to be soft and chewy, which is easily attainable by boiling the mix …   Wikipedia

  • Knäck — El Knäck es un toffee preparado en la cocina sueca en el periodo navideño como postre. Véase también Gastronomía navideña Gastronomía de Suecia …   Wikipedia Español

  • knack — ► NOUN 1) an acquired or natural skill at performing a task. 2) a tendency to do something. ORIGIN probably related to obsolete knack «sharp blow or sound» …   English terms dictionary

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