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1. A rounded protuberance.
a. A rounded handle, as on a drawer or door.
b. A rounded control switch or dial.
3. A prominent rounded hill or mountain.

[Middle English knobbe, from Middle Low German, knot in wood.]

knobbed (nŏbd) adj.
knob′bi·ness n.
knob′by adj.


adj, -bier or -biest
having or covered with small knobs; knobbly


(ˈnɒb i)

adj. -bi•er, -bi•est.
1. full of rounded lumps or protuberances.
2. shaped like a knob.
- knob′bi•ness,
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.knobby - having knobs; "had knobbly knees"
unshapely - not well-proportioned and pleasing in shape; "a stout unshapely woman"


adj (+er) wood, trunkknorrig
References in classic literature ?
He bolts down all events, all creeds, and beliefs, and persuasions, all hard things visible and invisible, never mind how knobby; as an ostrich of potent digestion gobbles down bullets and gun flints.
His muscles were knots, and he was gnarled and knobby, twisted out of beauty by excess of strength.
Would he have wit enough to think of exploring the big, knobby ball for its delicate secret?
The knobby wood-work and shiny horse-hair covering of the easy-chair suggest anything but ease.
Uncle Alec was putting a large basket into the boat when she arrived, and before they were off Phebe came running down with a queer, knobby bundle done up in a water-proof.
Undo the bundle and see, Meg," said Beth, eying the knobby parcel with curiosity.
van der Luyden's orchids had been conspicuously disposed in various receptacles of modern porcelain and knobby silver.
It is as knobby with countless little domes as a prison door is with bolt- heads.
But the crowning joke of all was Tom's good-by, for, when Polly was fairly settled in the car, the last "All aboard!" uttered, and the train in motion, Tom suddenly produced a knobby little bundle, and thrusting it in at the window, while he hung on in some breakneck fashion, said, with a droll mixture of fun and feeling in his face, "It 's horrid; but you wanted it, so I put it in to make you laugh.
It began to be a regular thing for him to bring one home from Fallon, each trip, and the gay hunts that followed as she searched for it--sometimes to find the treasure in Martin's hat, sometimes under the buggy seat, sometimes in a knobby hump under the table-cloth at her plate--more than once brought his rare smile.
The inane Atkinson was still hanging about, humming and poking things with his knobby cane.
They had fair heads, round eyes, round little knobby noses, and they resembled their father a good deal.