Meaning of “knife” in the English Dictionary

"knife" in British English

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knifenoun [ C ]

uk /naɪf/ us /naɪf/ plural knives

A1 a tool, usually with a metal blade and a handle, used for cutting and spreading food or other substances, or as a weapon:

a fish/butter/steak knife
I prefer to use a knife and fork.
He drew/pulled a knife and stabbed her.

More examples

  • Be careful with that knife or you'll cut yourself!
  • Your table manners are appalling - don't you know how to use a knife and fork?
  • He said that the man had pointed a knife at him.
  • You really need a knife with a serrated edge for cutting bread.
  • In the car the police found guns, knives and other lethal weapons .

knifeverb [ T ]

uk /naɪf/ us /naɪf/

(Definition of “knife” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"knife" in American English

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knifenoun [ C ]

us /nɑɪf/ plural knives /nɑɪvz/

a tool or weapon used for cutting, usually consisting of a metal blade and a handle:

a sharp knife
We took plastic knives and forks on our picnic.

knifeverb [ T ]

us /nɑɪf/

to push a knife into someone to hurt them

(Definition of “knife” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)