knob (noun) LISTEN
A knob is a handle, usually rounded, as on a door, a drawer, a radio, etc.
- Fred turned the knob to open the door.
- Andrew added antique knobs to the drawers on his desk.
- Turn the volume knob clockwise to make the TV louder.
A knob is also a lump sticking out of a surface or at the end of something.
- Our curtain rod has decorative knobs at each end.
Don't confuse it with
knock: to strike a blow that makes a noise. Example: “The doorbell is broken; knock on the door.”
Did you know?
Celery root is sometimes called knob celery because the root is shaped like a knob. Here is a video that gives you a few quick tips about preparing knob celery.
In pop culture
Do you ever worry about who touched that door knob last? Watch the animated short film Knob.