Definition of kneecap in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈniːkap


  • The convex bone in front of the knee joint; the patella.
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    • It affects the cartilage on the back of the kneecap and causes pain and stiffness, especially when going up and down stairs.
    • The tendon that connects the kneecap to the thigh muscle (patellar tendon) can be torn if the knee is bent too far back.
    • He needs more surgery, this time to graft together the bone in the kneecap.

verb (kneecaps, kneecapping, kneecapped)

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  • Shoot (someone) in the knee or leg as a form of punishment: (as noun kneecapping) petty crimes are punished by kneecapping
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    • Three years earlier Mr Smith had kneecapped him, breaking his leg with a baseball bat after drugs he was looking after went missing, the jury heard.
    • Would you be afraid to meet him late at night in a dark alley, just in case he was carrying a crowbar and threatening to kneecap you?
    • The less-than-dynamic duo may yet get it right, especially if they can stop kneecapping themselves with stupid stunts.

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