Synonyms of knock in English:



  • 1 he knocked on the door marked ‘Enquiries’
  • 2 she knocked her knee painfully on the table
    bump, bang, hit, strike, crack; injure, hurt, damage, bruise
    informal bash, thwack
  • 3 he knocked into an elderly man with a walking stick
    collide with, bump into, bang into, knock against, hit, strike, be in collision with, run into, crash into, smash into, plough into, slam into, dash against, ram, jolt; North Americanimpact
    informal bash into
  • 4 informal I'm not knocking the company—it's first-class
    criticize, find fault with, run down, disparage, belittle, depreciate, deprecate, detract from, give a bad press to, cast aspersions on, scoff at, deride, jeer at, carp at, cavil at; lambaste, censure, condemn, denounce, revile, attack
    informal slam, pan, bash, pull to pieces, pull apart, pick holes in, maul, savage, flay, throw brickbats at, shoot down, give something a battering, talk something down, have a go at, bad-mouth
    British informal slate, rubbish, slag off
    North American informal trash, pummel
    Australian/New Zealand informal bag
    [Antonyms] praise
  • Phrases

    knock about/around

  • 1 for a couple of years we knocked around the Mediterranean
    wander, roam, rove, range, travel, travel idly, journey, voyage, globetrot, drift, coast, meander, gad about, gallivant, jaunt, take a trip, go on a trip; ramble, stroll, saunter, maunder, amble, traipse, dawdle, potter; traverse, travel round, roam around, range over
  • 2 she knocked around with artists
    associate, consort, keep company, go around, mix, socialize, have dealings, have to do with, accompany, escort; be friends, be friendly
    informal hobnob, hang out, run around, be thick with, chum around, pal around, pal up
  • informal

    knock someone/something about/around

    her husband was a brute who used to knock her aboutbeat upbeatbatterstrikehitpunchthumpthrashsmackslapcuffbuffetpummelbelabourmaltreatmistreatabuseill-treatill-usetreat roughlyassaultattackmaulmanhandleinjuredamagecause injury tohurtharmwoundbruiseNorth Americanbeat up on informalrough updo overlay intolace intogive someone a hidingclobbercloutbashbeltwhackwallopsockplugdeck archaicsmite

    knock something back

    informal she knocked back her ginswallowgulp downdrink upswill downswillquaffguzzletoss offconsumefinish informaldownswigget one's laughing gear roundNorth American informalscarf (down/up)snarf (down/up)chug rareingurgitatebib

    knock someone down

    two men knocked him down their son was knocked down by a carfellfloorflattenbring downprostratetoppleknock to the groundthrow to the groundrugby-tacklemugattackassaultset uponbeat upknock overrun overrun down

    knock something down

  • 1 the shop was closed and knocked down
    demolish, pull down, bring down, take down, tear down, destroy; raze, raze to the ground, level, flatten, knock to the ground, topple, fell, bulldoze
  • 2 informal the firm has knocked down the prices of its machines
    reduce, lower, cut, decrease, bring down, drop, put down, diminish, mark down
    informal slash, down
  • knock off

    British informal they knock off at 5 o'clock
    [Antonyms] clock on
    stop workfinish workfinish workingclock offclose shopshut downleave workfinish the working daytake a breakbreakbreak offrestpausestophaltfinish informalcall it a dayhave a breathertake five

    knock someone off

    informal the person who slugged me was the one who knocked off Maloneykillmurderassassinatedo to deathdo away withmake away withget rid ofdispose ofeliminateliquidateterminatefinish off informaldo inbump offtoppolish offcroakstiffNorth American informalwasteblow awayiceoffrub out literaryslay

    knock something off

  • 1 someone knocked off the video recorder
    steal, purloin, take, make off with, abscond with, pilfer, misappropriate; thieve, rob
    British informal pinch, nick, half-inch, whip, nobble
    North American informal heist, glom
    Australian informal snavel
    West Indian informal tief
  • 2 we expect you to knock off three stories a day
    produce, make, turn out, create, construct, assemble, fashion, put together, fabricate; complete, finish; mass-produce
  • 3 I've always been able to knock off several years from my age
    deduct, take off, subtract, take away, dock, debit, remove
    [Antonyms] add on
  • informal

    knock it off!

    informal ‘Oh, knock it off,’ she snappedstop it informalcut it outgive it a restleave offpack it inlay offquitBritish informalgive over

    knock someone out

  • 1 I hit him with the axe and knocked him out
    stun, strike unconscious, knock unconscious, render unconscious, knock senseless, stupefy, daze, lay out, floor, prostrate, level
    informal KO, kayo, knock cold, put out cold
  • 2 England had been knocked out of the World Cup
    eliminate; beat, defeat, vanquish, overwhelm, overthrow, overcome, get the better of, trounce
  • 3 informal walking that far knocked her out
    exhaust, wear out, tire out, overtire, overtax, tire, fatigue, weary, enervate, drain, sap, debilitate, enfeeble, prostrate
    British informal knacker
    North American informal poop
  • 4 informal the view from my window knocked me out
    overwhelm, overpower, stun, stupefy, amaze, astound, astonish, stagger, take someone's breath away, leave someone open-mouthed, dumbfound, confound, take aback; impress, dazzle, enchant, entrance
    informal bowl over, flabbergast, knock sideways, knock for six, hit like a ton of bricks, floor, blow away
  • knock up

    they were knocking up before the tennis matchwarm uppractisehave a practice gamehit a ball around

    knock someone up

  • 1British informal we were knocked up at five in the morning
    wake, wake up, waken, awaken, call, rouse, arouse, get out of bed, get up
  • 2 informal he's going to marry her—he's knocked her up
    make pregnant, impregnate, inseminate
    informal put in the family way
    British informal get in the club
  • knock something up

  • 1British informal I could knock up some frames
    make quickly, put together quickly, prepare hastily, build rapidly, whip up, rig up, jerry-build, throw together, cobble together, improvise, devise, contrive; make, prepare, produce, get, get ready, assemble, put together
    informal fix, rustle up
  • 2 informal Gloucester knocked up their biggest win of the season
    achieve, attain, accomplish, gain, win, succeed in making, reach, make, get, obtain; score, chalk up, tally, record
    informal clock up, notch up, rack up, bag
  • noun

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  • 1 there was a sharp knock at the door
    tap, rap, rat-tat, rat-tat-tat, knocking, bang, banging, beating, pounding, hammering, drumming, thump, thud
  • 2 the casing is tough enough to withstand knocks
    bump, blow, bang, striking, beating, jolt, jar, jarring, shock; collision, crash, smash, impact
  • 3 a knock on the ear
  • 4 informal this isn't a knock on Dave, he's the best player we've got
    [Antonyms] praise
  • 5 life's hard knocks
    setback, reversal, reverse of fortune, rebuff, rejection, defeat, failure, difficulty, misfortune, bad luck, stroke of bad luck, mishap, bad experience, blow, body blow, disaster, calamity, disappointment, grief, sorrow, trouble, hardship
    informal kick in the teeth, one in the eye, whammy
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