From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Knobby \Knob"by\, a. [From Knob.]
   1. Full of, or covered with, knobs or hard protuberances.
      --Dr. H. More.
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   2. Irregular; stubborn in particulars. [Obs.]
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            The informers continued in a knobby kind of
            obstinacy.                            --Howell.
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   3. Abounding in rounded hills or mountains; hilly. [U.S.]
      [1913 Webster] knobkerrie
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