English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'knock'

(verb) 
Definition
to rap sharply with the knuckles
Knock at my window at eight o'clock and I'll be ready.
Synonyms
bang
We could bang on the desks and shout until they let us out.
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beat
He lost the boxing match and was badly beaten by his opponent.
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strike
He fell and struck his head on the stone floor.
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tap
Tap the egg lightly with a teaspoon.
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rap
A guard raps his stick on a metal hand rail.
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bash (informal)
My mother bashed her shin with a suitcase.
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thump
She thumped her hand on the witness box.
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pummel
He trapped Conn in a corner and pummelled him ferociously.
(verb) 
Definition
to give a blow or push to
He was mucking around and he knocked her in the stomach.
Synonyms
hit
She hit him hard across his left arm.
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strike
She took two steps forward and struck him across the mouth.
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punch
After punching him on the chin, she hit him over the head.
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belt (informal)
Is it true that she belted George in the stomach?
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slap
My yoga instructor turned up and slapped me on the shoulder.
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chin (slang)
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smack
She smacked me on the side of the head.
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thump
He thumped me, nearly knocking me over.
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clap
He clapped me on the back and boomed, `Well done.'
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cuff
She cuffed him playfully around the ear.
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smite (archaic)
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thwack
He just thwacked me on the back of the head with a ruler.
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lay one on (slang)
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beat or knock seven bells out of (informal)
(verb) 
Definition
to criticize adversely
(informal)  I'm not knocking them: if they want to do it, it's up to them.
Synonyms
criticize
His mother had rarely criticized him or any of her children.
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condemn
Political leaders united yesterday to condemn the latest wave of violence.
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put down
,
run down
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abuse
He alleged that he was verbally abused by other soldiers.
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blast
They have blasted the report.
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pan (informal)
His first movie was panned by the critics.
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slam (slang)
The director slammed the claims as an outrageous lie.
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flame (informal)
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slate (informal)
Slated by critics at the time, the film has since become a classic.
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have a go (at) (informal)
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censure
I would not presume to censure him for his views.
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slag (off) (slang)
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denigrate
We habitually denigrated our boss in his absence.
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belittle
We mustn't belittle her outstanding achievement.
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disparage
his tendency to disparage literature
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deprecate
They deprecate him and call him names.
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diss (slang)
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throw shade (at) (slang)
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find fault with
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carp at
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lambast(e)
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pick holes in
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cast aspersions on
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cavil at
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pick to pieces
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give (someone or something) a bad press
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nit-pick (informal)
(noun) 
Definition
the sound so caused
They heard a knock at the front door.
Synonyms
knocking
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pounding
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tap
A tap on the door interrupted him.
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hammering
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bang
I heard four or five loud bangs.
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banging
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rap
There was a light rap on the door.
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thump
There was a loud thump as the horse crashed into the van.
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thud
She tripped and fell with a sickening thud.
(noun) 
Definition
a blow, push, or rap
The bags have tough exterior materials to protect against knocks.
Synonyms
bang
a nasty bang on the head
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impact
The car was destroyed on impact.
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collision
Their van was involved in a collision with a car.
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jolt
One tiny jolt could worsen her injuries.
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smash
the smash of falling crockery
(noun) 
He had taken a knock on the head in training.
Synonyms
blow
He went off to hospital after a blow to the face.
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hit
a hit on the head
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punch
He's asking for a punch on the nose.
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crack (informal)
He took a crack on the head during the game.
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belt (informal)
He gave me a belt over the head with a scrubbing brush.
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clip
a clip round the ear
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slap
He reached forward and gave me a slap.
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bash
She gave him a bash on the head.
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smack
I end up shouting at him or giving him a smack.
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thump
He felt a thump on his shoulder.
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clout (informal)
I was half tempted to give them a clout myself.
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cuff
He gave Billy a cuff.
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box
She gave him a playful box on the ears.
(noun) 
Definition
a misfortune, rejection, or setback
(informal)  The art market has suffered some severe knocks.
Synonyms
setback
He has suffered a serious setback in his political career.
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defeat
the final defeat of all his hopes
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blow
The ruling comes as a blow to environmentalists.
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upset
She caused a major upset when she beat last year's finalist.
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reverse
They have suffered a major reverse.
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disappointment
The defeat was a bitter disappointment.
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hold-up
They arrived late due to a motorway hold-up.
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hitch
The five-hour operation went without a hitch.
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reversal
They teach managers to accept reversal.
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misfortune
He had had his full share of misfortunes.
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rebuff
The results of the poll dealt a humiliating rebuff to Mr Jones.
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whammy (informal)
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bummer (slang)
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(noun) 
Definition
criticism
(informal) 
Synonyms
stick (slang)
It's not motorists who give you the most stick, it's the general public.
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heat (slang, mainly US, Canadian)
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criticism
The policy had repeatedly come under strong criticism.
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condemnation
There was widespread condemnation of Saturday's riots.
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censure
It is a controversial policy which has attracted international censure.
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slagging (off) (slang)
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stricture
a thinly disguised stricture against the rights of man

Phrasal verbs

See knock about or around

idioms

See knock it off

Additional synonyms

in the sense of abuse
Definition
to speak insultingly or cruelly to
He alleged that he was verbally abused by other soldiers.
Synonyms
put down,
slate (informal, British),
slag (off) (slang),
swear at,
diss (slang),
flame (informal),
call names,
traduce (formal),
in the sense of bash
Definition
to strike violently or crushingly
My mother bashed her shin with a suitcase.
Synonyms
hit,
belt (informal),
deck (slang),
sock (slang),
chin (slang),
clout (informal),
whack (informal),
biff (slang),
clobber (slang),
wallop (informal),
slosh (British, slang),
tonk (informal),
lay one on (slang),
beat or knock seven bells out of (informal)
in the sense of bash
Definition
a heavy blow
She gave him a bash on the head.
Synonyms
belt (informal),
rap,
sock (slang),
clout (informal),
clump (slang),
whack (informal),
wallop (informal),
slosh (British, slang),
tonk (informal),
clomp (slang)

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