knocker (plural knockers)

  1. A device, usually hinged with a striking plate, used for knocking on a door.
  2. A person who knocks.
    • 1963, Patrick Anderson, The Character Ball: Chapters of Autobiography (page 220)
      He was a loud knocker. Despite my usual timidity, after a bit I opened the door.
  3. A critic; one who disparages.
  4. (informal, derogatory) A person who knocks (denigrates) something.
  5. (slang, usually, in the plural) A woman's breasts.
  6. (especially Cardigan, in South Wales, archaic) A dwarf, goblin, or sprite imagined to dwell in mines and to indicate the presence of ore by knocking. [18th to 19th c.]
  7. (pinball) A mechanical device in a pinball table that produces a loud percussive noise.
    • 1963, Harper's magazine (volume 226)
      A good game needs color, lights, bells, gongs, and knockers, all to assure the player he is making progress […]
  8. (dated, slang) A person who is strikingly handsome or otherwise admirable; a stunner.
  9. A large cockroach, especially Blaberus giganteus, of semitropical America, which is able to produce a loud knocking sound.
  10. (geology) A large, boulder-shaped outcrop of bedrock in an otherwise low-lying landscape, chiefly associated with a mélange.
  11. (slang) One who defaults on payment of a wager.
    • 2004, Carl Chinn, Better Betting with a Decent Feller (page 48)
      To the consternation of those who believed that bookies were 'knockers' (defaulters), he paid his losses with alacrity […]
Synonyms Translations
  • Russian: приди́ра
  • Russian: сиська

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