Knack (?), v. i. [Prob. of imitative origin; cf. G. knacken to break, Dan. knage to crack, and E. knock.]

1.

To crack; to make a sharp, abrupt noise to chink.

[Obs. or Prov. Eng.]

Bp. Hall.

2.

To speak affectedly.

[Prov. Eng.]

Halliwell.

 

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Knack, n.

1.

A petty contrivance; a toy; a plaything; a knickknack.

A knack, a toy, a trick, a baby's cap. Shak.

2.

A readiness in performance; aptness at doing something; skill; facility; dexterity.

The fellow . . . has not the knack with his shears. B. Jonson.

The dean was famous in his time, And had a kind of knack at rhyme. Swift.

3.

Something performed, or to be done, requiring aptness and dexterity; a trick; a device.

"The knacks of japers."

Chaucer.

For how should equal colors do the knack ! Pope.

 

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