Definition of knack in English:



  • 1[in singular] An acquired or natural skill at performing a task.

    ‘she got the knack of it in the end’
    • ‘The band certainly have a knack for writing melodies that seem like newly discovered classics.’
    • ‘She had a knack for teaching people how to enjoy the simple things in life.’
    • ‘He has a real knack for picking projects that are a little off the beaten track, but guaranteed to be interesting.’
    • ‘Graham Greene has an uncanny knack for keeping his readers on the edge of their seats.’
    • ‘And he proved that he hadn't lost his knack for charming his audience.’
    • ‘The actor Ian Ogilvy's debut novel shows that he has a knack for writing for children.’
    • ‘He has the knack of sharing information in a readable and entertaining way, so that the subject does not seem too technical and boring.’
    • ‘However, it's also difficult and time-consuming, and it takes a special knack which few scientists have.’
    • ‘He also has the rare knack for getting the players around him to lift their game.’
    • ‘Moreover, he's got a happy knack of presenting complex ideas in an accessible, engaging and entertaining way.’
    • ‘Her voice is immensely beautiful and can lift you out of a blue mood, but more importantly, she has the knack of making you empathize with her subject matter.’
    • ‘My father had a knack for making a total stranger feel very comfortable in his presence.’
    • ‘Conducting is a special knack and I discovered that I possessed it.’
    • ‘What sets him apart is his knack for storytelling and his sense of humour.’
    • ‘Postle has a knack for combining slapstick comedy and pathos, which is very effective in this instance.’
    • ‘He found work as a freelance consultant for engineering companies and soon discovered he had a knack for it.’
    • ‘According to sports analyst Greg Gumbel, Harris has " a real knack for the game".’
    • ‘He had always had an uncanny knack for seeing things before they actually happened.’
    • ‘During this campaign he displayed one of his greatest skills, the knack of surrounding himself with the right people.’
    • ‘To say that he has a knack for being at the right place at the right time would be an understatement.’
    gift, talent, flair, genius, instinct, faculty, ability, capability, capacity, aptitude, aptness, bent, forte, facility, dexterity, adroitness, readiness, quickness, ingenuity, proficiency, expertness, competence
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    1. 1.1A tendency to do something.
      ‘the band has a knack of warping classic soul songs’
      • ‘You've got a real knack for getting in trouble, don't you?’
      • ‘Speaking of sports ministers, it seems they all have a knack for putting their foot in it.’
      • ‘My dad is the type of guy who'll only sing at Christmas, but he has a knack for getting out his harmonica at unexpected moments.’
      tendency to, propensity for, habit of, way of, proneness to, aptness to, bent for, liability to, leaning towards, predisposition to, disposition to, inclination to, penchant for, readiness to
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Late Middle English (originally denoting a clever or deceitful trick): probably related to obsolete knack sharp blow or sound of imitative origin (compare with Dutch knak crack, snap).