1) To strike or hit, a spelling of ‘knap’.

1675 8 halfe crownes, seaven of which the said Auty clipt that night, for she hearde the knopinge of them, being in the next roome, Dewsbury. The dialect verb ‘to naup’ means to hit with a stick or other implement.

places Dewsbury
dates 1675

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2) A knob or protuberance, often small and rounded, a boss. Used of kitchenware, particularly for the decorated ends of silver spoons.

1365 lego ... meliorem ciphum de murro vocatum knopmazer, York

1392 1 coclear argenti cum playn knope, York

1433 unam peciam argenti coopertam cum uno small knop ... unam peciam ... cum uno rownde knop ... unam peciam ... cum uno flatt knopp, Ripon

1558 I bequeathe to Henry Brame one siluer spone with a knope, Kirkstall

1657 one silver spoone with a gilded knope, Selby

1700 a silver spoon with a knop on the end, Selby. It could also refer to a decorative tuft or loop of material: 1612 2 sylken knoppes & other tryfling things, Brandsby and was occasionally employed adjectivally: 1401 j annulum auri knopped, York

1617 Twenty knopte silver spoones, sixtyne playne spounes, Ripley.

dates 1365 1392 1401 1433 1558 1612 1617 1657 1700

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3) A regional word for a wooden tub of various sizes.


dates 1402 1538 1548 1563 1614

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