Synonyms of knock in English:


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1‘he knocked on the door marked ‘Inquiries’’

bang, tap, rap, thump, pound, hammer
strike, hit, beat, batter, buffet, pummel

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 American impact
informal bash into

4‘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
lambast, 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



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’

blow, bang, stroke, hit, slap, smack, crack, buffet, punch, cuff, thump, box
informal clip, clout, wallop, thwack, belt, bash

4‘this isn't a knock on Dave, he's the best player we've got’

criticism, disparagement, stricture, fault-finding, denigration, censure, reproach, reproval, condemnation, lambasting
informal slamming, panning, slagging off, flak, brickbats
British informal rubbishing, slating


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


    knock something up

    1‘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‘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
    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’

    beat, defeat, vanquish, overwhelm, overthrow, overcome, get the better of, trounce

    3‘walking that far knocked her out’

    exhaust, wear out, tire out, overtire, overtax, tire, fatigue, weary, enervate, drain, sap, debilitate, enfeeble, prostrate
    informal do in, take it out of, fag out, frazzle
    British informal knacker
    North American informal poop

    4‘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 something off

    1‘someone knocked off the video recorder’

    steal, purloin, take, make off with, abscond with, pilfer, misappropriate
    thieve, rob
    informal nab, snitch, snaffle, swipe, filch, lift, souvenir
    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

    3‘I've always been able to knock off several years from my age’

    deduct, take off, subtract, take away, dock, debit, remove

    add on

    knock it off!

    ‘‘Oh, knock it off,’ she snapped’

    stop it
    cut it out, give it a rest, leave off, pack it in, lay off, quit
    British give over
    knock off

    ‘they knock off at 5 o'clock’

    stop work, finish work, finish working, clock off, close shop, shut down, leave work, finish the working day
    take a break, break, break off, rest, pause, stop, halt, finish
    informal call it a day, have a breather, take five

    clock on

    knock something back

    ‘she knocked back her gin’

    swallow, gulp down, drink up, swill down, swill, quaff, guzzle, toss off, consume, finish
    informal down, swig
    British informal get one's laughing gear round
    North American informal scarf, scarf down, scarf up, snarf, snarf down, snarf up, chug
    rare ingurgitate, bib
    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‘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 someone off

    ‘the person who slugged me was the one who knocked off Maloney’

    kill, murder, assassinate, do to death, do away with, make away with, get rid of, dispose of, eliminate, liquidate, terminate, finish off
    informal do in, bump off, top, polish off, croak, stiff
    North American informal waste, blow away, ice, off, rub out
    literary slay
    knock about

    1‘for a couple of years we knocked about 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
    rare peregrinate, perambulate, vagabond

    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
    knock someone up

    1‘we were knocked up at five in the morning’

    wake, wake up, waken, awaken, call, rouse, arouse, get out of bed, get up
    informal give someone a shout

    2‘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
    archaic get with child
    knock up

    ‘they were knocking up before the tennis match’

    warm up, practise, have a practice game, hit a ball around
    knock someone or something about

    ‘her husband was a brute who used to knock her about’

    beat up, beat, batter, strike, hit, punch, thump, thrash, smack, slap, cuff, buffet, pummel, belabour
    maltreat, mistreat, abuse, ill-treat, ill-use, treat roughly, assault, attack, maul, manhandle
    injure, damage, cause injury to, hurt, harm, wound, bruise
    North American beat up on
    informal rough up, do over, lay into, lace into, give someone a hiding, clobber, clout, bash, belt, whack, wallop, sock, plug, deck
    archaic smite
    knock someone down

    ‘two men knocked him down’

    fell, floor, flatten, bring down, prostrate, topple, knock to the ground, throw to the ground, rugby-tackle
    mug, attack, assault, set upon, beat up
    knock over, run over, run down