I. verb Etymology: Middle English knoken, from Old English cnocian; akin to Middle High German knochen to press Date: before 12th century intransitive verb 1. to strike something with a sharp blow 2. to collide with something 3. a. bustle <
heard them knocking around in the kitchen
b. wander <
knocked about Europe all summer
4. a. to make a pounding noise b. to have engine knock 5. to find fault transitive verb 1. a. (1) to strike sharply (2) to drive, force, or make by or as if by so striking <
was knocked out of the campaign
b. to set forcibly in motion with a blow 2. to cause to collide 3. to find fault with <
always knocking those in authority
II. noun Date: 14th century 1. a. a sharp blow ; rap, hit <
a loud knock on the door
b. (1) a severe misfortune or hardship (2) setback, reversal 2. a. a pounding noise b. a sharp repetitive metallic noise caused by abnormal ignition in an automobile engine 3. a harsh and often petty criticism <
the knock on him was that he couldn't handle the pressure

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