- to knock, rap, or snap
- to break or shape (stones or flints) by a quick, hard blow
- to bite sharply; snap
Origin: LME knappen, akin to Du, to snap, eat < IE *gnebh-: for base see knead
- the top of a hill; summit
- a hillock
Origin: ME < OE cnæp, top, knob, button, akin to ON knappr < IE *gnebh-: see knap
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transitive verb knapped knapped, knap·ping, knaps
- To break or chip (stone) with sharp blows, as in shaping flint or obsidian into tools.
- Chiefly British a. To strike sharply; rap.b. To snap at or bite.
Origin: Middle English knappen, probably of imitative origin.
- knapˈper noun