Definition of knocker in English:


Line breaks: knock¦er
Pronunciation: /ˈnɒkə


  • 1A metal or wooden object hinged to a door and rapped by visitors to attract attention and gain entry.
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    • Brighton lifted the brass knocker on the door, and let it drop.
    • Stepping resolutely forward, the red-head lifted the heavy brass knocker.
    • He lifted the heavy knocker and knocked again.
  • 1.1 informal A person who buys or sells from door to door, especially with intent to deceive.
  • 2 informal A person who continually finds fault.
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    • What do the Bush detractors and the America knockers say now?
    • The critics and the knockers were out in force to quickly write off their chances.
    • Grant's gritty man-of-the-match performance against Crewe on Saturday was the perfect answer to criticism from manager Stan Ternent and the knockers in the Turf Moor stands.
  • 3 (knockers) • informal A woman’s breasts.


on the knocker

  • 1British Going from door to door canvassing, buying, or selling.
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    • I would be out on the knocker canvassing for Dave Nellist if I could.
    • Candidates on the knocker found crime and youth nuisance were the main issues concerning voters - with the health service and cash for schools also high priorities.
  • 2Australian /NZ (Of payment) immediately; on demand: he has to pay cash on the knocker
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    • They make up 89 percent of the payers, and they pay on the knocker every time.

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