Definition of knocker in English:



  • 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.’
    • ‘Someone started to ring the doorbell while someone else was banging the knocker.’
    • ‘Stepping resolutely forward, the red-head lifted the heavy brass knocker.’
    • ‘She walked up to the door and banged the knocker once.’
    • ‘He lifted the heavy knocker and knocked again.’
    1. 1.1informal A person who buys or sells from door to door, especially with intent to deceive.
  • 2informal A person who continually finds fault.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The critics and the knockers were out in force to quickly write off their chances.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That is the policy of the knockers and the naggers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What do the Bush detractors and the America knockers say now?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    critic, disparager, denigrator, deprecator, belittler, attacker, censurer, fault-finder, carper, backbiter, caviller, reviler, vilifier, slanderer, libeller, calumniator, defamer, traducer
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  • 3knockersvulgar slang A woman's breasts.

    mammary gland, mamma
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  • on the knocker

    • 1informal Going from door to door canvassing, buying, or selling.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I would be out on the knocker canvassing for Dave Nellist if I could.’
    • 2informal (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.’
      punctually, on time, on the dot, on the nail
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