Definition of Know-all

1. Noun. Someone who thinks he knows everything and refuses to accept advice or information from others.

Exact synonyms: Know-it-all
Language type: Colloquialism
Generic synonyms: Egoist, Egotist, Swellhead

Definition of Know-all

1. Noun. (chiefly British) (alternative form of know-it-all) ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Know-all

knotty pine
know-all (current term)
know apart
know beans about
know every trick in the book
know from a bar of soap
know in one's bones
know like the back of one's hand
know like the palm of one's hand
know nothing
know one's mind
know one's onions

Literary usage of Know-all

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

1. The Library of Literary Criticism of English and American Authors by Charles Wells Moulton (1904)
"know all that he could learn about my writings which would please and encourage me, and keep me in heart for new efforts. And what I can say for myself many ..."

2. Publishers Weekly by Publishers' Board of Trade (U.S.), Book Trade Association of Philadelphia, American Book Trade Union, Am. Book Trade Association, R.R. Bowker Company (1920)
"To know all this fascinating history and much more, is to create a foundation for interest in what one is selling that will later develop into enthusiasm ..."

3. Report of the Joint Select Committee Appointed to Inquire Into the Condition by Luke Potter Poland, John Scott (1872)
"I didn't know all of them. Question. Who else ? Answer. I don't know how many there was, wasn't very many, though. Question. How many were there ? Question. ..."

4. Annual Report by Illinois Farmers' Institute (1899)
"You do not trust any of your business work with men who do not know all of the ... And why should not women learn to do, and know all the ins and outs, ..."

5. Harper's New Monthly Magazine by Henry Mills Alden (1882)
"When they bring him home, and I see his still face lying in the coffin, I want to stand beside him with my hand upon his breast, and whisper that I know all ..."

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