verb (used with or without object), knapped, knap·ping. Chiefly British Dialect.
- to strike smartly; rap.
- to break off abruptly.
- to chip or become chipped, as a flint or stone.
- to bite suddenly or quickly.
- dialect the crest of a hill
verb knaps, knapping or knapped
- (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.