- having knowledge or information
- shrewd; clever
- implying shrewd understanding or possession of secret or inside information: a knowing look
- deliberate; intentional
- Possessing knowledge, information, or understanding: very knowing about transportation costs.
- Showing clever awareness and resourcefulness; shrewd and worldly: “Even so knowing a young ruffian as William Chaloner would have had no preparation for the shock of London” (Thomas Levenson).
- Suggestive of secret or private knowledge: a knowing glance.
- Deliberate; conscious: a knowing attempt to defraud.
- Archaic Fashionable; stylish: “Many young men &ellipsis; drove about town in very knowing gigs” (Jane Austen).
(comparative more knowing, superlative most knowing)
- Present participle of know.
knowing - Legal Definition
Variant of know
transitive verbknew, known, knowing
- to have a clear perception or understanding of; be sure of or well informed about: to know the facts
- to be aware or cognizant of; have perceived or learned: to know that one is loved
- to have a firm mental grasp of; have securely in the memory: to know the multiplication tables
- to be acquainted or familiar with: I knew him well
- to experience: she has known both pleasure and pain
- to have understanding of or skill in as a result of study or experience: to know music
- to recognize: I'd know that face anywhere
- to recognize as distinct; distinguish: to know right from wrong
- Archaic to have sexual intercourse with
Origin of knowMiddle English knowen ; from Old English cnawan, akin to Old High German -cnāhan ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ĝen-, an unverified form ĝnō-, to know, apprehend from source can, ken, Classical Latin gnoscere, to know, Classical Greek gignōskein
- to have knowledge
- to be sure, informed, or aware
in the know