Definition of knobbly in English:



  • Having lumps which give a misshapen appearance:

    ‘knobbly knees’
    ‘knobbly potatoes’
    • ‘Depending upon the quality of the wood that the bow was made from, it could be smooth and regular along its length, or quite knobbly where knots had to be accommodated in its design.’
    • ‘Pink fir apple potatoes are waxy, knobbly potatoes that are available from specialist food shops.’
    • ‘These small, knobbly skinned avocados from Guatemala are at their best at this time of year.’
    • ‘I had the lisping problem, the asthma, braces… I was skinny and gangly with knobbly elbows and knees, and I hadn't grown into my hands or feet yet.’
    • ‘Like us, other guests had hauled their summer clothing out of the cellar, and they paraded around the restaurant, revealing their white legs and knobbly knees.’
    • ‘Now the knobbly white fungus is for sale in every tourist shop and on menus across the country.’
    • ‘They're rather odd looking - pink in colour and long and knobbly, but have a firm creamy texture and taste nutty.’
    • ‘Harry had a thin face, knobbly knees, black hair and bright green eyes.’
    • ‘He is 51, a barrel of a man, good-looking in spite of his large, bulging eyes, a furrowed brow, something that is not quite a beard and a rather knobbly nose.’
    • ‘The pink, slightly knobbly skin of this species of seahorse has been rather unkindly, but accurately, compared to that of a plucked chicken.’
    • ‘Next to them are strange, knobbly bits of ginger dug from Chinese soil.’
    • ‘Over 1,000 riders are expected in the Tweed Valley to tackle courses of 55 km, 75 km or 100 km - a very tough slog off road and with knobbly tyres.’
    • ‘The fruit itself, which is knobbly and bitter, is used for its acrid juice, but the leaves are a more common ingredient.’
    • ‘The morning market in the Via Maestra is packed with stalls selling the knobbly tubers, graded in boxes according to size and quality.’
    • ‘Ask a greengrocer to get you a root of fresh horseradish, which looks like a dirty, knobbly parsnip.’
    • ‘I donned the shorts to expose white knobbly knees, put on my peaked cap and shades and rounded off the ensemble with the rucksack.’
    • ‘An 81 year old woman who had had a total knee replacement 26 years ago noticed painless, knobbly swellings on either side of the knee.’
    • ‘She was very pale and was so thin that her teeny-tiny little dress had nothing to cling to; it just fell directly from her knobbly shoulders to her knobbly knees.’
    • ‘Glass-topped dining tables may appear to take up less space, but can look ugly when guests are seated (with knobbly knees visible).’
    • ‘My favourite character was Lars' dad - a small, wizened Danish man who carried a knobbly walking stick and repeatedly stroked his long, white beard.’
    knobbly, knotty, knotted, gnarly, lumpy, bumpy, nodular, rough
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