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[nap] /næp/
verb (used without object), verb (used with object), knapped, knapping. Chiefly British Dialect
1.
to strike smartly; rap.
2.
to break off abruptly.
3.
to chip or become chipped, as a flint or stone.
4.
to bite suddenly or quickly.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English; cognate with Dutch knap (noun), knappen (v.) crack; orig. imitative
Related forms
knapper, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for knapped

knap1

/næp/
noun
1.
(dialect) the crest of a hill
Word Origin
Old English cnæpp top; compare Old Norse knappr knob

knap2

/næp/
verb knaps, knapping, knapped
1.
(transitive) (dialect) to hit, hammer, or chip
Derived Forms
knapper, noun
Word Origin
C15 (in the sense: to strike with a sharp sound): of imitative origin; compare Dutch knappen to crack
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Word Origin and History for knapped

knap

v.

"to strike with a sharp sound," late 15c., echoic. Earlier (c.1400) as a noun meaning "abrupt stroke." Related: Knapped; knapping.

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