Definition of knack in English:

knack

Syllabification: knack

noun

[in singular]
  • 1An acquired or natural skill at performing a task: she got the knack of it in the end
    More 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.
    Synonyms
    gift, talent, flair, genius, instinct, faculty, ability, capability, capacity, aptitude, aptness, bent, forte, facility; technique, method, trick, skill, adroitness, art, expertise
    (a knack for) • informal the hang of
  • 1.1A tendency to do something: the band has a knack of warping classic soul songs
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    tendency to, propensity for, habit of, proneness to, aptness to, bent for, liability to, predisposition to, inclination to

Origin

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').

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