One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A small wooden or porcelain ball used in a game (knur and spell) resembling trapball, played in northern England.
- ‘It is simply a little sling that dangles the knur from a stick stuck in the ground.’
- ‘Cricket, football, knur and spell were amongst the most popular pastimes as well as time spent in the pub until the money ran out.’
- ‘The words in each recording are explained so that users know what a stithurum is, what to put in the barton-linhay, how to play knur and spell and when to eat bait, bever, docky or snap.’
- ‘They played knur and spell, flew pigeons (they still do), fought cocks, coursed rabbits with whippets, gambled on anything and everything and drank prodigiously.’
- ‘Personally I regret that it has done so to the detriment of the more manly pedestrian exercises, wrestling, and the clever game of knur and spell.’
- ‘But there were plenty of less violent pastimes: knur and spell, ‘duck knop’, and football through the streets.’
2variant form of knar
Late Middle English knorre, variant of knarre (see knar).
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