Definition of Knocker

1. Noun. (Yiddish) a big shot who knows it and acts that way; a boastful immoderate person.

Category relationships: Yiddish
Generic synonyms: Big Cheese, Big Deal, Big Enchilada, Big Fish, Big Gun, Big Shot, Big Wheel, Head Honcho

2. Noun. A person who knocks (as seeking to gain admittance). "Open the door and see who the knocker is"
Generic synonyms: Individual, Mortal, Person, Somebody, Someone, Soul
Derivative terms: Knock

3. Noun. One who disparages or belittles the worth of something.

4. Noun. Either of two soft fleshy milk-secreting glandular organs on the chest of a woman.
Exact synonyms: Boob, Bosom, Breast, Tit, Titty
Group relationships: Adult Female Body, Woman's Body
Terms within: Lactiferous Duct, Areola, Ring Of Color
Generic synonyms: Mamma, Mammary Gland
Derivative terms: Bosomy

5. Noun. A device (usually metal and ornamental) attached by a hinge to a door.
Exact synonyms: Doorknocker, Rapper
Generic synonyms: Device
Group relationships: Front Door, Front Entrance

Definition of Knocker

1. n. One who, or that which, knocks; specifically, an instrument, or kind of hammer, fastened to a door, to be used in seeking for admittance.

2. n. A person strikingly handsome, beautiful, or fine; one who wins admiration; a "stunner."

Definition of Knocker

1. Noun. A device, usually hinged with a striking plate, used for knocking on a door. ¹

2. Noun. A person who knocks (denigrates) many things. ¹

3. Noun. (slang) (context: usually in plural) A woman's breasts. ¹

4. Noun. A dwarf, goblin, or sprite imagined to dwell in mines and to indicate the presence of ore by knocking ''particularly in Cardigan etc. in South Wales (18th..19th century)''. ¹

5. Noun. (context: pinball) A mechanical device in a pinball table that produces a loud percussive noise. ¹

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Definition of Knocker

1. one that knocks [n -S] - See also: knocks

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Knocker

knock up
knocked about
knocked around
knocked down
knocked out(p)
knocked up
knocker (current term)
knocker up
knocking about
knocking around
knocking down
knocking on heaven's door
knocking shop
knocking shops
knocking up

Literary usage of Knocker

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Spanish Ironwork by Arthur Byne, Mildred Stapley Byne (1915)
"56- Door knocker with incised patterning, XVI Century. ... 65- Hammer of knocker. 66- Ring handle with bosse and clinch, XVI Century. ..."

2. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland by Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (1881)
"The ancient door knocker now before the Society was taken from the door of the ... The door knocker, the subject of this notice, measures 12£ inches by 7 ..."

3. The Monthly Chronicle of North Country Lore and Legend (1889)
"[NK of the first objects which arrest the Attention of the visitor to Durham Cathedral is the ponderous bronze knocker on the north door. ..."

4. Home Life in Colonial Days by Alice Morse Earle (1898)
"knocker' nearly all had a knocker Marsh"e14 of wrought iron or polished brass, a cheerful ornament that ever seems to resound a welcome to the visitor as ..."

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