- a rounded lump or protuberance
- a handle, usually round, of a door, drawer, etc.
- a similar device which is turned to control operations of electronic or electrical equipment, as a radio or TV receiver
- a rounded hill or mountain; knoll
Origin of knobMiddle English knobbe ; from or akin to Dutch a knot, knob, bud ; from Indo-European an unverified form gn-eu-bh ; from base an unverified form gen-: see knead
with knobs on
- A rounded protuberance.
- a. A rounded handle, as on a drawer or door.b. A rounded control switch or dial.
- A prominent rounded hill or mountain.
Origin of knobMiddle English knobbe, from Middle Low German, knot in wood.
- knobbed knobbed
- A rounded protuberance, handle, or control switch.
- (geography) A prominent rounded hill.
- A rounded ornament on the hilt of an edged weapon; a pommel.
- A prominent, rounded bump along a mountain ridge.
- (UK, New Zealand, slang) A penis.
- a knobbed chromosome
- (slang, pejorative) A contemptible person.
- (cooking) A dollop, an amount just larger than a spoonful (usually referring to butter)
(third-person singular simple present knobs, present participle knobbing, simple past and past participle knobbed)
- (UK, slang, vulgar, of a man) To have sex with.
From Middle English knobbe, from Middle Low German knobbe, knoppe (“a knot in wood”), from Proto-Germanic *knuppô (“lump, clod”), from Proto-Indo-European *gneub-, *gneup- (“to press, crush”). Cognate with Dutch knop (“button, knob”), German Knopf (“button, knob”), Swedish knopp (“knob”), Old English cnoppa (“knob”). See also knop.