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Dictionary Definition

knack n : a special way of doing something; "he had a bent for it"; "he had a special knack for getting into trouble"; "he couldn't get the hang of it" [syn: bent, hang]

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  • /næk/
  • Rhymes with: -æk


  1. A readiness in performance; aptness at doing something; skill; facility; dexterity.
    • 2005, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. 254a.
      The sophist runs for conver to the darkness of what is not and attaches himself to it by some knack of his;
  1. A petty contrivance; a toy; a plaything; a knickknack.
  2. Something performed, or to be done, requiring aptness and dexterity; a trick; a device.


A readiness in performance


  1. To crack; to make a sharp, abrupt noise to chink.
  2. To speak affectedly.

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See also Knacker

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