knack


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Knack \Knack\ (n[a^]k), v. i. [Prob. of imitative origin; cf. G.
   knacken to break, Dan. knage to crack, and E. knock.]
   1. To crack; to make a sharp, abrupt noise to chink. [Obs. or
      Prov. Eng.] --Bp. Hall.
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   2. To speak affectedly. [Prov. Eng.] --Halliwell.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Knack \Knack\, n.
   1. A petty contrivance; a toy; a plaything; a knickknack.
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            A knack, a toy, a trick, a baby's cap. --Shak.
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   2. A readiness in performance; aptness at doing a specific
      task; skill; aptitude; facility; dexterity; -- often used
      with for; as, a knack for playing the guitar.
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            The fellow . . . has not the knack with his shears.
                                                  --B. Jonson.
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            The dean was famous in his time,
            And had a kind of knack at rhyme.     --Swift.
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   3. Something performed, or to be done, requiring aptness and
      dexterity; a trick; a device. "The knacks of japers."
      --Chaucer.
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            For how should equal colors do the knack ! --Pope.
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