- The definition of a knoll is a small hill or mound.
An example of a knoll is a small, grassy hill on a college campus.
A grass covered knoll.
Origin of knollMiddle English ; from Old English cnoll, akin to German knollen, lump, clod: for Indo-European base see knot
Origin of knollMiddle English knol, from Old English cnoll.
verbknolled, knoll·ing, knolls
Origin of knollMiddle English knollen, probably alteration of knellen, to knell; see knell.
Old English cnoll (“summit”). Related to Old Norse knollr (found only in names of places), Dutch knol (“tuber”), Swedish knöl (“tuber”), Danish knold (“hillock, clod, tuber”) and German Knolle (“bulb”)
- A knell.
(third-person singular simple present knolls, present participle knolling, simple past and past participle knolled)
- To ring (a bell) mournfully; to knell.
- To sound, like a bell; to knell.
- Shakespeare, "As you like it", Act II, scene VII, 114
- If ever been where bells have knoll´d to church.
- For a departed being's soul / The death hymn peals, and the hollow bells knoll.
- Heavy clocks knolling the drowsy hours.
Imitative, or variant of knell.