Definition of knack noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//næk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//næk//
    [singular] (informal)
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  1. 1a special skill or ability that you have naturally or can learn It's easy, once you've got the knack. knack of/for (doing) something He's got a real knack for making money.
  2. 2knack of doing something a habit of doing something She has the unfortunate knack of always saying the wrong thing. More Like This Silent letters gnarled, gnash, gnat, gnaw, gnome haute cuisine, heir, (NAmE herb), honour, hors d’oeuvre, hour knack, knee, kneel, knife, knight, knit, knob, knock, knot, know, knuckle psalm, psephology, psychic, ptarmigan, pterodactyl, psychology wrangle, wrap, wreath, wreck, wrench, wrestle, wriggle, wring, write, wrong bomb, climb, crumb, doubt, lamb, limb ascent, fascinate, muscle, scene, scissors height, right, sleigh, weight align, campaign, design, foreign, malign, reign, unfeigned balmy, calm, calf, half, yolk autumn, column, condemn, damn, hymn, solemn bristle, fasten, listen, mortgage, soften, thistle, wrestle biscuit, build, circuit, disguise, guilty, league, rogue, vague yacht answer, sword, twoSee worksheet.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (originally denoting a clever or deceitful trick): probably related to obsolete knack ‘sharp blow or sound’, of imitative origin (compare with Dutch knak ‘crack, snap’).Extra examples He had the unhappy knack of making enemies in the party. He has the knack of scoring goals just when they are most needed. I don’t cook much these days and I think I may have lost the knack. Making omelettes isn’t difficult, but there’s a knack to it. Once you get the knack, it’s easy. a woman with a knack for handling horses He had a knack for picking winners.
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