Webster's Dictionary, 1913
1. A kitten; also, a pet name or calling name for the cat. 2. [ Etym. uncertain.] (Gaming) The percentage taken out of a pool to pay for refreshments, or for the expenses of the table. R. F. Foster.
Kittysol noun [ Spanish quitasol .] The Chinese paper parasol.
Kiva noun [ Hopi name, sacred chamber.] A large chamber built under, or in, the houses of a Pueblo village, used as an assembly room in religious rites or as a men's dormitory. It is commonly lighted and entered from an opening in the roof.
Kive noun A mash vat. See Keeve .
Kiver transitive verb To cover. -- noun A cover. [ Disused except in illiterate speech.]
Kivikivi, Kiwikiwi noun
; plural Kivikivies Kiwikiwies (Zoology) Any species of Apteryx, esp. A. australis ; -- so called in imitation of its notes. Called also kiwi . See Apteryx .
Klamaths noun plural ; sing. Klamath (Ethnol.) A collective name for the Indians of several tribes formerly living along the Klamath river, in California and Oregon, but now restricted to a reservation at Klamath Lake; -- called also Clamets and Hamati .
Kleeneboc (klēn"bŏk`) noun [ Dutch kleen little, small + bok buck.] (Zoology) An antelope ( Cerphalopus pygmæus ), found in South Africa. It is of very small size, being but one foot high at the shoulder. It is remarkable for its activity, and for its mild and timid disposition. Called also guevi , and pygmy antelope .
kleptomania (klĕp`to*mā"nĭ*ȧ) noun [ Greek kle`pths thief + English mania .] A propensity to steal, claimed to be irresistible. This does not constitute legal irresponsibility. Wharton.
kleptomaniac noun A person affected with kleptomania.
Klick noun & v. See Click .
[ Confer Clicket
.] (Mil.) A small postern or gate in a palisade, for the passage of sallying parties.
[ Written also klinket
Klipdas, Klipdachs noun [ Dutch klip cliff + das badger, akin to German dachs .] (Zoology) A small mammal ( Hyrax Capensis ), found in South Africa. It is of about the size of a rabbit, and closely resembles the daman. Called also rock rabbit .
Klipfish noun Dried cod, exported from Norway. [ Written also clipfish .]
Klipspringer noun [ Dutch, lit., cliff springer.] (Zoology) A small, graceful South African antelope ( Nanotragus oreotragus ), which, like the chamois, springs from one crag to another with great agility; -- called also kainsi . [ Written also klippspringer .]
[ Dutch See Clove
a cleft.] A glen; a ravine closed at its upper end.
[ South Africa]
[ Greek kloph`
theft + English mania
.] See Kleptomania .
(năb) transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Knabbed
(năbd); present participle & verbal noun Knabbing
.] [ See Nab
, transitive verb
, and confer Knap
, transitive verb
] 1. To seize with the teeth; to gnaw.
crusts." [ Obsolete] L'Estrange. 2. To nab. See Nab , transitive verb
Knabble intransitive verb
[ Freq. of knab
.] To bite or nibble.
Horses will knabble at walls, and rats gnaw iron. Sir T. Browne.
Knack (năk) intransitive verb [ Prob. of imitative origin; confer German knacken to break, Danish knage to crack, and English knock .]
1. To crack; to make a sharp, abrupt noise to chink. [ Obsolete or Prov. Eng.] Bp. Hall. 2. To speak affectedly. [ Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.
Knack noun 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, Swift. 3. Something performed, or to be done, requiring aptness and dexterity; a trick; a device.
And had a kind of knack at rhyme.
of japers." Chaucer.
For how should equal colors do the knack ! Pope.
1. One who makes knickknacks, toys, etc. Mortimer. 2. One of two or more pieces of bone or wood held loosely between the fingers, and struck together by moving the hand; -- called also clapper . Halliwell.
Knacker noun [ Confer Icelandic hnakkr a saddle.]
1. a harness maker. [ Obsolete or Prov. Eng.] Halliwell. 2. One who slaughters worn-out horses and sells their flesh for dog's meat. [ Eng.]
Knackish adjective Trickish; artful. [ Obsolete] -- Knack"ish*ness , noun [ Obsolete] Dr. H. More.
Knacky adjective Having a knack; cunning; crafty; trickish. [ Prov. Eng. & Scot.] Halliwell.
Knag noun [ Confer Prov. German knagge a knot in wood, Swedish knagg , Danish knag a hook to hand clothes on, a bracket; Gael. & Ir. cnag peg, knob.]
1. A knot in wood; a protuberance. Wright. 2. A wooden peg for hanging things on. Wright. 3. The prong of an antler. Holland. 4. The rugged top of a hill. [ Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.
Knagged adjective Full of knots; knaggy.
Knaggy adjective Knotty; rough; figuratively, rough in temper. Fuller. -- Knag"gi*ness noun
[ Anglo-Saxon cnæp
, top, knob, button; confer Icelandic knappr
knob, Swedish knapp
, Danish knap
button, W., Gael., & Ir. cnap
knob, button, and English knop
.] A protuberance; a swelling; a knob; a button; hence, rising ground; a summit. See Knob , and Knop .
The highest part and knap of the same island. Holland.
Knap transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Knapped
; present participle & verbal noun Knapping
.] [ Dutch knappen
to chew, bite, crack, take hold of; probably of imitative origin.] 1. To bite; to bite off; to break short.
[ Obsolete or Prov. Eng. ]
He will knap the spears apieces with his teeth. Dr. H. More.
He breaketh the bow, and knappeth the spear in sunder. Ps. xlvi. 9 (Book of Common Prayer.) 2. To strike smartly; to rap; to snap. Bacon.
Knap intransitive verb To make a sound of snapping. Wiseman.
Knap noun A sharp blow or slap. Halliwell.
Knapbottle noun (Botany) The bladder campion ( Silene inflata ).
[ See Knap
to strike.] Snappish; peevish.
[ Obsolete] Grafton.
Knapple intransitive verb [ Freq. of knap , v. , confer Dutch knabbelen to gnaw.] To break off with an abrupt, sharp noise; to bite; to nibble. [ Obsolete or Prov. Eng.]
Knappy adjective Having knaps; full of protuberances or humps; knobby. [ Obsolete] Huloet.
[ Dutch knapzak
to eat + zak
a bag. See Knap
, transitive verb
, and Sack
.] A case of canvas or leather, for carrying on the back a soldier's necessaries, or the clothing, etc., of a traveler.
And each one fills his knapsack or his scrip Drayton.
With some rare thing that on the field is found.
Knapweed noun (Botany) The black centaury ( Centaurea nigra ); -- so called from the knoblike heads of flowers. Called also bullweed .
(när) noun See Gnar .
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
(närl) noun A knot in wood. See Gnarl .
(närld) adjective Knotted. See Gnarled .
(närd) adjective Knotty; gnarled.
The knarred and crooked cedar knees. Longfellow.
Knarry (när"rȳ) adjective Knotty; gnarled. Chaucer.
[ Middle English , boy, servant, knave, Anglo-Saxon cnafa
boy, youth; confer Anglo-Saxon cnapa
boy, youth, Dutch knaap
, German knabe
esquire, Icelandic knapi
, Swedish knape
knave.] 1. A boy; especially, a boy servant.
[ Obsolete] Wyclif. Chaucer.
O murderous slumber, Shak. 2. Any male servant; a menial.
Lay'st thou thy leaden mace upon my boy
That plays thee music ? Gentle knave , good night.
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
He's but Fortune's knave , Shak. 3. A tricky, deceitful fellow; a dishonest person; a rogue; a villain.
A minister of her will.
"A pair of crafty knaves
In defiance of demonstration, knaves will continue to proselyte fools. Ames.
» "How many serving lads must have been unfaithful and dishonest before knave
-which meant at first no more than boy -- acquired the meaning which it has now !" Trench. 4. A playing card marked with the figure of a servant or soldier; a jack. Knave child
, a male child.
[ Obsolete] Chaucer. Syn.
-- Villain; cheat; rascal; rogue; scoundrel; miscreant.
; plural Knaveries 1. The practices of a knave; petty villainy; fraud; trickery; a knavish action.
This is flat knavery , to take upon you another man's name. Shak. 2. plural Roguish or mischievous tricks. Shak.
Knaveship noun A small due, in meal, established by usage, which is paid to the under miller. [ Scot.]