Definition of knobbly in US English:



  • Having lumps which give a misshapen appearance.

    ‘knobbly potatoes’
    • ‘My favourite character was Lars' dad - a small, wizened Danish man who carried a knobbly walking stick and repeatedly stroked his long, white beard.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I donned the shorts to expose white knobbly knees, put on my peaked cap and shades and rounded off the ensemble with the rucksack.’
    • ‘Harry had a thin face, knobbly knees, black hair and bright green eyes.’
    • ‘Pink fir apple potatoes are waxy, knobbly potatoes that are available from specialist food shops.’
    • ‘Next to them are strange, knobbly bits of ginger dug from Chinese soil.’
    • ‘The fruit itself, which is knobbly and bitter, is used for its acrid juice, but the leaves are a more common ingredient.’
    • ‘They're rather odd looking - pink in colour and long and knobbly, but have a firm creamy texture and taste nutty.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Now the knobbly white fungus is for sale in every tourist shop and on menus across the country.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These small, knobbly skinned avocados from Guatemala are at their best at this time of year.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ask a greengrocer to get you a root of fresh horseradish, which looks like a dirty, knobbly parsnip.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The morning market in the Via Maestra is packed with stalls selling the knobbly tubers, graded in boxes according to size and quality.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The pink, slightly knobbly skin of this species of seahorse has been rather unkindly, but accurately, compared to that of a plucked chicken.’
    • ‘Glass-topped dining tables may appear to take up less space, but can look ugly when guests are seated (with knobbly knees visible).’
    knotty, knotted, gnarly, lumpy, bumpy, nodular, rough
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