Knock etymology


English word knock comes from Proto-Germanic *kneu-, Proto-Germanic - kōną, and later Proto-Germanic *knukōną (To pound on; beat on; knock.)

Etymology of knock

Detailed word origin of knock

Dictionary entry Language Definition
*kneu- Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
- kōną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
*knukōną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To pound on; beat on; knock.
cnocian Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) To knock.
knokken Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
knock English (en) (automotive) Preignition, a type of abnormal combustion occurring in spark ignition engines caused by self-ignition or the characteristic knocking sound associated with it.. (cricket) a batsman's innings.. (cycling). (figurative) criticism. An abrupt rapping sound, as from an impact of a hard object against wood. An impact. (ambitransitive, dated) To bump or impact.. (colloquial) To [...]