One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Originally: having many knots; especially designating a whip with numerous knots tied in it. Later more usually: skilfully or tightly fastened with a knot; skilfully tied together with knots (also figurative).
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Tusser (c1524–1580), writer on agriculture and poet. From well + knotted.
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