Meaning of knocker in English:


Pronunciation /ˈnɒkə/

Translate knocker into Spanish


  • 1A metal or wooden object hinged to a door and rapped by visitors to attract attention and gain entry.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘Someone started to ring the doorbell while someone else was banging the knocker.’
    • ‘She walked up to the door and banged the knocker once.’
    1. 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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He may have his legion of knockers who scoff at his lack of goals compared with his wage packet.’
    • ‘The fiery Welshman has his knockers just like Windass.’
    • ‘But the knockers were silenced when Wigan claimed their first piece of silverware in four years, thanks to a 21-12 success over their bitter rivals.’
    • ‘The 10-year-old survived yet another season of calls for his retirement, thwarting his knockers with four victories, which took his career earnings past the £1m mark.’
    • ‘Such a scenario is meat and drink to the increasing band of media knockers seemingly intent on dismissing Bolton's chances of avoiding the drop.’
    • ‘Fallon, badly injured in a fall at Royal Ascot last June, resumed riding in Dubai over the winter, but has had his share of knockers since returning to Britain last month.’
    • ‘That is the policy of the knockers and the naggers.’
    critic, disparager, denigrator, deprecator, belittler, attacker, censurer, fault-finder, carper, backbiter, caviller, reviler, vilifier, slanderer, libeller, calumniator, defamer, traducer
  • 3knockers vulgar slang A woman's breasts.

    mammary gland, mamma
  • 4British dialect (in folklore) a spirit or goblin believed to inhabit mines and indicate the location of ore by knocking.


    on the knocker
    • 1British Going from door to door canvassing, buying, or selling.

      • ‘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, New Zealand (of payment) immediately; on demand.

      • ‘he has to pay cash on the knocker’
      • ‘They make up 89 percent of the payers, and they pay on the knocker every time.’