- 1An acquired or natural skill at performing a task: she got the knack of it in the endMore example sentences
- He found work as a freelance consultant for engineering companies and soon discovered he had a knack for it.
- During this campaign he displayed one of his greatest skills, the knack of surrounding himself with the right people.
- Postle has a knack for combining slapstick comedy and pathos, which is very effective in this instance.
- 1.1A tendency to do something: the band has a knack of warping classic soul songsMore example sentences
tendency to, propensity for, habit of, proneness to, aptness to, bent for, liability to, predisposition to, inclination to
- You've got a real knack for getting in trouble, don't you?
- Speaking of sports ministers, it seems they all have a knack for putting their foot in it.
- My dad is the type of guy who'll only sing at Christmas, but he has a knack for getting out his harmonica at unexpected moments.
late 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').