Meaning of KNIFE in English


/ naɪf; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun

( pl. knives / naɪvz; NAmE /) a sharp blade with a handle, used for cutting or as a weapon :

knives and forks

a sharp knife

a bread knife (= one for cutting bread)

She was murdered in a frenzied knife attack.

—see also flick knife , jackknife , palette knife , paperknife , penknife , Stanley knife


- the knives are out (for sb)

- like a knife through butter

- put / stick the knife in | put / stick the knife into sb

- turn / twist the knife (in the wound)

- under the knife

■ verb

[ vn ] to injure or kill sb with a knife

SYN stab



late Old English cnīf , from Old Norse knífr , of Germanic origin.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.