An example of knack is the ability to cook something delicious for unexpected dinner guests.
- a trick; device
- a clever expedient or way of doing something
- ability to do something easily; particular skill
- Archaic a knickknack; trinket; trifle
Origin of knackMiddle English knak, sharp blow: see knock
- A special talent or skill, especially one difficult to explain or teach: a knack for writing song lyrics.
- A tendency or pattern of behavior: “Lincoln had a knack for involving himself in fights where the odds were against him” (Joshua Wolf Shenk).
- Archaic a. A clever trick.b. A knickknack.
Origin of knackMiddle English knakke, from Middle Dutch cnacken, to strike, crack, probably of imitative origin.
(third-person singular simple present knacks, present participle knacking, simple past and past participle knacked)