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


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

[Obs. or Prov. Eng.]

Bp. Hall.


To speak affectedly.

[Prov. Eng.]



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Knack, n.


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

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


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.


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

"The knacks of japers."


For how should equal colors do the knack ! Pope.


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