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[nob-ee] /ˈnɒb i/
adjective, knobbier, knobbiest.
full of or covered with knobs:
the knobby trunk of a tree.
shaped like a knob.
Origin of knobby
1535-45; knob + -y1
Related forms
knobbiness, noun Unabridged
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  • But there is a certain call of the wild to its knobby topography.
  • Slender locoweed is perennial from a heavy taproot topped by a knobby underground crown called a caudex.
  • Spikelets occur in clusters on short, knobby branches.
  • The limestone is somewhat knobby and is high in clay content.
  • These are knobby, skin-covered nubs protruding from atop the buck's skull, between the ears.
  • Its leaves turn brownish red in the fall and its acorns are about one inch in size with a thick, knobby cap.
  • The exterior surface is an uninteresting, drab rind, often with a knobby appearance.
  • They are short and knobby, and are arranged regularly on the branches except on first-year growth.
  • Its dark and knobby antennae are nearly as long as its body.
  • The unit consists of steeply sloping shrub-steppe and broken rugged areas with shallow canyons and unusual knobby rock outcrops.
British Dictionary definitions for knobby


adjective -bier, -biest
having or covered with small knobs; knobbly
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Word Origin and History for knobby

1540s, from knob + -y (2). Alternative form knobbly attested from 1859. Related: Knobbiness.

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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