1. representative of body parts.
(a) the clitoris.
|Wandring Whore II 12: [She] gave them Intsructions to [...] commend his Trap-stick, pluck their coats above their thighes, their smock above their Knees, bidding him thrust his hand into the best C— in christendom, tickling the knobs thereof.|
(b) the head.
|New Canting Dict. n.p.: knob The Head or Skull.|
|Tom Thumb II iii: Bear off the carcasses; lop off his knob.|
|, , ,||Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. 1725].|
|, ,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
|Sporting Mag. Nov. IX 106/1: Pallas, who sprung out of Jupiter’s knob.|
|Dict. Sl. and Cant.|
|N.-Y. Eve. Post 10 July 2/4: The Boy [...] planted a tremendous blow upon the Champion’s knob.|
|Crockett Almanacks (1955) 125: I hit him a crack over his knob with my big steering oar.in Meine|
|Swell’s Night Guide 108/2: Attic, the head, brain pan, the knob, the nut, the canister.|
|‘Cheap John’ in Prince of Wales’ Own Song Book 51: Talk of macassar, to make your hair grow [...] Mine is the stuff, lads, to put on your knob.|
|‘’Arriet on Labour’ in Punch 26 Aug. 89/1: Them golden tresses [...] Was all tight knotted round ’er knob.|
|Maison De Shine 188: Bill ain’t above hittin’ a gelmun on the back o’ the knob ef he saw a opportunity.|
|Mutt & Jeff 3 Feb. [synd. cartoon] I look ten years younger. Mutt can’t kid me about my knob any more.|
|Moods of Ginger Mick 26: An’ when yeh ’ear I’ve took a soljer’s job / I give yeh leave to say I’ve done me block / An’ got a flock uv weevils in me knob.‘War’ in|
|Hand-made Fables 262: He never got Gettysburg straightened out in the Knob until after he visited the Battlefield.|
|Law O’ The Lariat 103: What dam-fool play yu got in that ossified knob yu put yore hat on?|
|Never Come Morning (1988) 18: All a guy does is get his knob shaved by the barber.|
|Jives of Dr. Hepcat (1989) 3: He’s got a real crazy beat and a weird kick that will carve your knob.|
|(con. 1945) Tattoo (1977) 301: The sergeant nudged the head of the man. It snapped off and tumbled towards the feet of the naked prisoner. Only then did he cry out and do a little dance to avoid being touched by the blackened loose knob of his buddy.|
(c) (also cock-knob) the head of the penis.
|My Secret Life (1966) I 67: The next instant something seemed to tighten round its knob, another furious thrust, — another, — and a sharp cry of pain. [Ibid.] II 242: For two days afterwards, that funny sense of fullness came over my cock-knob, then the tingling, then the desire for cunt.|
|Memoirs (1983) 56: My lips passed over the knob of his tool.|
|Confessions of Lady Beatrice 5: Edward turned. His knob burned in his turning against my thigh.|
|in Limerick (1953) 233: The size of my phallus / Was just right for Alice / Till the night that she bit off the knob.|
|5000 Adult Sex Words and Phrases.|
|White Boy Shuffle 78: You should hear the guys at school. ‘Suck my dick, slob on the knob, lick my stick’.|
|Nubile Treat [Internet] She relished the feel of his wet cock-knob on her lips.|
|‘Horny Family’ [Internet] Jason was very well endowed for his age. It was at least seven inches long and had a huge crimson knob.|
(d) the penis.
|‘Twins’ in(1979) 226: Women they pray for it, / Brown hatters pay for it, / Knob, glorious knob.|
|Mint (1955) 115: There’s more fucking cheese on your knob than hair on your block.|
|in Limerick (1953) 51: This knob out in front attracted foul cunt.|
|letter 24 Sept. in Leader (2000) 480: Shall have to plead impotence, phallic stricture, boils on the knob, knob that is, hernia, clap &c.|
|Undergrowth of Lit. (1969) 71: Then he stooped and pressed his lips to the crown of King Prick’s knob.|
|Dopefiend (1991) 111: I’ll let you polish this knob until it spits.|
|Auf Wiedersehen Pet Two 124: Knob’s Law – that’s what you’re ruled by, Wayne. As soon as there’s a fire in your loins, there’s a freeze-up in your brain.|
|Times Square Hustler 55: They suck on your knob for a little bit.|
|Mud Crab Boogie (2013) [ebook] Kathy had her tongue in his ear, a hand on his knob and was starting to softly moan a little and grind against him.|
|Guardian Weekend 3 July 3: You’d have to prove that Marx had knob-rot and all.|
|Panopticon (2013) 44: He’s used a porno mag tae make his wraps. I’ve got a bit of some guy’s knob on mine, mid-cum-shot, gross.|
(e) (also knobbies) a female breast, usu. in pl. as knobs.
|Anecdota Americana II 108: K stands for Knobbies / Like pumpkins they grow.|
|in Sweet Daddy 77: She had her good points [...] especially those at the end of her knobs.|
|Cunning Linguist (1973) 152: I put my hands on her splendid knobs.|
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 141: There are a number of vernacular terms that refer to a woman’s breasts as big, tasty, touchable, and formidable – [...] knobs, guns, headlights.|
|(con. 1956) My Secret Hist. (1990) 66: Who do I see in a tight sweater, with knobs like this?|
|Everyday Eng. and Sl. [Internet] Knobs (n): breasts.|
(f) (US) spec. a woman’s nipple, usu. in pl. as knobs.
|Roofs of Paris (1983) 69: She grabs my balls and rubs the knobs of her bubs against my chest.|
|Deep Down In The Jungle 51: She got hair on her pussy / That sweeps the floor. / She got knobs on her titties / That open the door.|
(g) (US black) the knee, usu. in pl. as knobs.
|Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive 76: Knees— [...] knobs.|
(h) (US teen) in fig. use of sense 1c, a general term of abuse.
|Children of the Rainbow 14: So are we, you bothered knob of an ex-jockey.|
|Human Torpedo 94: ‘Hey, you little knob!’ cried the guy behind the counter.|
|Stump 54: I know it’s fuckin Welsh, yer knob.|
|Mail & Guardian (Johannesburg) 9 Jan. [Internet] The Newlands crowd called Kevin Peterson a ‘knob’. This provoked him to throw beer at his tormentors.|
|Panopticon (2013) 33: He was such a knob.|
|on Twitter 20 Dec. [Internet] Remember people this anonymous knob doesn't represent you.|
2. in gambling use.
(a) a swindling fairground game, also called ‘under and over’.
|Secrets of Tramp Life Revealed 11: This is what he calls the ‘Knob,’ played with dice, or ‘under and over’.|
(b) see nob n.1 (9)
3. (US black) in pl., stylish, up-to-date shoes with shined toecaps [? the shape of the toecap].
|Seize the Time 306: Knobs are up-to-date, stylish shoes with well-shined toes.|
4. (US) the police.
|Jr. ‘Sticktown Nocturne’ in Baltimore Sun (MD) 12 Aug. A-1/1: A wandering tale about how he and three other barnacles had ‘shekeled in’ recently to get a ‘snake ranch’ (which he explained was a room hired for a party); how the knobs had raided them.|
5. a blow.
|Down These Mean Streets (1970) 132: We had tangled and dealt up a storm. I had gotten my lumps from Brew’s fists. But he had caught some Thomas knobs on his side jaw, too.|
a male homosexual.
|OnLine Dict. of Playground Sl. [Internet] dirtbox n. the rectum, usu. as a target for a nob artist.|
see cock cheese under cock n.3
a general derog. term.
|Trainspotting 303: The customer’s always right, even if he’s a fuckin knob-end.|
|Sheepshagger 239: Remember that twat of a judge [...] Fuckin knob-end he was, aye.|
|on Twitter 17 Oct. [Internet] Maybe God sent us Brexit to flush out the seriously deranged fascistic knobends who want to deport or lock up everyone different from them.|
fellatio; thus knob-gobbler, a fellatrix or fellator.
|Maledicta IV:2 (Winter) 198: On the other hand they may indulge in a 69, with reciprocal muff-noshing and knob-gobbling, if they are both linguists.|
|Deviant Memoirs 19: eah I mean you, you little sociopathic, knob-gobbling fuck!|
|me-stepmums-too-fuckin-hot-mate at www.fakku.net [Internet] You’ gobblin’...me...knob!|
see separate entry.
(orig. US) fellatio.
|Lovomaniacs (1973) 49: You don’t get any nookie, because you have got better things to do [...] Like a knob job for the Velvet Voise.|
|After Hours 56: Woody took off with Carmen [...] Knob-job.|
|(con. 1967) Reckoning for Kings (1989) 60: He’d never had his cock sucked [...] The part of St. Louis he grew up in had a lot more Baptist churches than knob jobs.|
|Red Bikini Dream 138: I got scared that she might just go down on him right where they sat. Give him a knob-job right over there.|
|Raw Recruits 134: Except for not being able to put my hand onto the back of his head and grind his gorgeous jarhead face down even harder onto my dick, that knob-job was the very definition of a good time on liberty.|
|When Heaven and Earth Changed Places 302: Not even a fucking knob job in twelve months!|
1. a sexually voracious/successful male.
|Good Guys Wear Black 186: He obviously thought he was Top Knob Jockey Banana, a real geezer.|
|Memoirs of My Struggles 446: The grand national surely taught me the true meaning of the phrase ‘Knob Jockey’ because those ladies rode my knob length by length like a jockey on Sea Biscuit.|
2. a general insult, implying that the male subject is a masturbator or a homosexual.
|Big Ben Kennedy.com Journal 24 Jul. [Internet] ‘Can I not cuss for 3 hours?’ I should be able to, but just in case let me get it out of my system now... Shit, Fuck, Bitch, Cocksucker, Motherfucker, [...] Knob Jockey.|
|Stump 86: The smell down here doesn’t bother me, nor does the shouting knob-jockey behind me.|
|Cruel Summer 80: The daughter of a coked-up knob-jockey nutter.|
|Is It Just Me 21: He still comes across as a self-important, rude, smug, pompous, not-as-clever-as-he-thinks-he-is, world-class knob jockey.|
3. a sexually voracious woman.
|Matters of Life and Death 185: You become a raving knob jockey. Fuckin Miss Posh panting for it.|
see knobhead n.
a young male prostitute; thus knob polish, to masturbate.
|Tom Hubbard Is Dead 57: I noticed you and him talking and I thought you found yourself a new knob-polisher.|
1. a masturbator; thus knob-shining n.
|Roger’s Profanisaurus [Internet] knob shiner n. Someone who is always prepared to polish a pink oboe.|
|Sex-Lexis [Internet] knob polisher. knob polishing. knob sack. knob shining.|
2. a general term of abuse.
|Big Ben Kennedy.com Journal 24 Jul. [Internet] ‘Can I not cuss for 3 hours?’ I should be able to, but just in case let me get it out of my system now... Shit, Fuck, Bitch, Cocksucker, Motherfucker, Tits, Twat, Asswipe, Knob Shiner, Jerkoff.|
3. a homosexual.
|(con. 1990s)British Queer Cinema 191: Jamie is able to produce a veritable tirade of derogatory names for being queer (shirt-lifter, knob-shiner, etc.).|
|Roger’s Profanisaurus 3 in Viz 98 Oct. 18: knob-snot n. Cock-hockle.|
see separate entry.
|Roger’s Profanisaurus in Viz 87 Dec. n.p.: knob cheese n. 1. Smegma. 2. Foreskin feta found underneath Kojak’s roll-neck (qv) and around the banjo (qv) or cheese ridge. Also knob stilton, knob yoghurt.|
(US black) to explain, to make understand.
|Jives of Dr. Hepcat (1989) 3: He’s got a real crazy beat and a weird kick that will carve your knob.|
to take notice.
|(con. 1940s) Sowers of the Wind 204: Darcey merely laughed. [...] ‘All right, don’t do the knob! but in case you’re interested one of the Indians [...] looks like croaking.’.|
(US) to perform fellatio.
|Alt. Eng. Dict. [Internet] Gob the knob The act of performing fellatio.|
(Aus.) to urinate.
|Barry McKenzie [comic strip] in Complete Barry McKenzie (1988) 20: You know, strain the potatoes, go where the big knobs hang out.|
(Aus.) of a person, very short.
|Tales of the Honey Badger [ebook] It’s 1998 and here I am, knob high to a ladybug – or 11 in proper English – and on a fishing adventure with the old man.|
|Tales of the Honey Badger [ebook] I was dick-high to a midget and a flat-out 50kg wringing wet.|
(Aus.) to go mad, to break down.
|Aussie (France) 10 Jan. 10/1: My oath, that camp was a roughie; a terrible windy job: / We ’ad casualties every day – I was loosin’ me bloomin’ knob.|
(US gay) to fellate.
|in Erotic Muse (1992) 345: See that girl in blue. / She’ll polish your knob if you ask her to.|
|A Chosen Few (1966) 205: How much woul’ja charge t’polish a knob real quick without bitin’?|
|Queens’ Vernacular 156: Prison fellation is [...] polishing the knob.|
|Prison Sl. 63: Polish the Knob The act of oral sex.|
|Night People 118: Wake me up with them fat lips polishin’ the knob.|
|Layer Cake 146: I’m greeted by the sight of some junkie hooker [...] about to give me a blow-job with Mister Mortimer and Clarkie egging her on, telling her I’ve just got out of the boob and [...] ain’t had it polished for a five stretch.|
|Lives Laid Away [ebook] ‘I was at the top of the stairs polishing some jagoff’s knob from the State’s Attorney General’s office’.|
(US) to perform fellatio.
|Online Sl. Dict. [Internet] slob (one’s) knob v 1. to fellate.|
SE in slang uses
(US tramp) a safe cracker.
|(con. 1920s) Legs 221: Knowing they were knob-knockers, I didn’t connect with them.|
(Aus.) a bookmaker.
|Sun-Herald (Sydney) 25 Nov. 152: At Canterbury on Wednesday two rails knobtwisters were reprimanded for not betting each-way when they should have [GAW4].|
see on the knocker under knocker n.1
1. embellished, with ‘add-ons’, to the utmost.
|Mint (1955) 162: Westerners would bait the east end, gently, as a bit of the real life-with-knobs on.|
|Dly Herald 15 Oct. 5/6: In spite of all this the Bruce party lost with knobs on.|
|Dark Tumult 237: ‘Coo, there’s a life for you, Alf!’ ‘Life with knobs on all right.’.|
|Fowlers End (2001) 4: The velvet ’and in the iron glove I’d give ’em, miv knobs on.|
|A Little of What You Fancy (1985) 488: Meanwhile fondest salutations and all that. Avec knobs. Bless.|
|Indep. Rev. 25 Oct. 4: It’s the Americans who have given us, or given us back, the Hallowe’en traditions. With knobs on.|
2. (usu. UK juv.) a retort meaning the same to you and more so.
|Last of the Biffins 217: As a wit he certainly lived up to the family motto: ‘Tu quoque nobiscum,’ which has been popularly rendered, ‘The same to you, with knobs on’.|
|Vile Bodies 135: Same to you, old boy, with nobs on.|
|Bulldog Drummond Stands Fast 16: ‘This is no laughing matter.’ ‘Tell that to your husband with knobs on!’.|
|Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit 28: If she had added ‘With knobs on’, it would, of course, have made it stronger.|
|Lore and Lang. of Schoolchildren (1977) 66: Same to you with knobs on, / Cabbages with clogs on.|
|Jeeves in the Offing 24: ‘Hey!’ I said. ‘Hey to you with knobs on,’ she replied.|
|There is a Happy Land (1964) 13: Same to you with knobs on.|
|Mooi Street (1994) 51: Bugger off, man [...] and the same to you with brass bladdy knobs on it!‘Over the Hill’ in|
|(con. 1970s) Pictures in my Head 66: ‘Merry Christmas, Barney.’ ‘Same to you, lads, with knobs on.’.|
|Guardian Editor 21 Jan. 20: The feeling is returned with knobs on.|
3. for certain, absolutely.
|Shipbuilders (1954) 23: ‘Is Motherwell goin’ to bate Morton? That’s the question.’ ‘Sure. Nobs on.’ Tommy assured him. [Ibid.] 60: ‘You’ve clicked right enough,’ said the barman, impressed. ‘Sure,’ observed Danny again, ‘with knobs on.’.|
|We Were the Rats 259: ‘My oath. We’ll give ’em Singapore.’ ‘With knobs on.’.|
|Capt. Bulldog Drummond 55: I should say I am not displeased, with nobs on.|
|Mating Season 9: The laughing Love God is sweating away [...] once more with knobs on!|
|Family Arsenal 240: A thirty-pounder would get this fucking pile to the moon. Yeah, with knobs on.|
|(con. 1961) Spend, Spend, Spend Scene 19: dad: You’re giving me nothing??? vivian: With knobs on.|