verb (used with or without object), knapped, knap·ping. 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.


  1. dialect the crest of a hill

verb knaps, knapping or knapped

  1. (tr) dialect to hit, hammer, or chip

“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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