knijf

DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle Dutch cnijf, from Old Dutch *knīf, from Proto-Germanic *knībaz. Related to Dutch knijpen ‎(to pinch). Cognate with English knife, Low German Knief, Luxembourgish Knäip, Swedish kniv, Old Norse knífr.

NounEdit

knijf n ‎(plural knijven, diminutive knijfje n)

  1. (archaic) long pointy knife, poniard
  2. (regional) switchblade
  3. (dialectal) pocketknife