Knead Definition

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To mix and work (dough, clay, etc.) into a pliable mass by folding over, pressing, and squeezing, usually with the hands.
Webster's New World
To make or shape by or as if by folding, pressing, and stretching with the hands.
American Heritage
To press, rub, or squeeze with the hands; massage.
Webster's New World
To make or form by or as if by kneading.
Webster's New World
(intransitive, of cats) To make an alternating pressing motion with the two front paws.

Origin of Knead

  • Middle English kneden, from Old English cnedan, from Proto-Germanic *knedaną, from Proto-Indo-European *gnet- ‘to press together’ (cf. Old Prussian gnode ‘kneading trough’, Albanian ngjesh, Slovenian gnésti ‘to knead, press’), from *gen- ‘to ball up, pinch, compress’.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English kneden from Old English cnedan

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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