knowing (comparative more knowing, superlative most knowing)

  1. Possessing knowledge or understanding; intelligent.
    • 1692–1717, Robert South, Twelve Sermons Preached upon Several Occasions, volume (please specify |volume=I to VI), 6th edition, London: [] J[ames] Bettenham, for Jonah Bowyer, [], published 1727, OCLC 21766567:
      The knowing and intelligent part of the world.
  2. Shrewd or showing clever awareness.
    a knowing rascal
  3. Suggestive of private knowledge.
    • 2017 July 30, Ali Barthwell, “Ice and fire finally meet in a front-loaded episode of Game Of Thrones (newbies)”, in The Onion AV Club[1]:
      Jon and Tyrion greet each other with the words that have been used against them as weapons, sharing a knowing smile.
  4. Deliberate




  1. present participle of know

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knowing (plural knowings)

  1. The act or condition of having knowledge.
    • 2009, Gilbert Ryle, The Concept of Mind (60th Anniversary Edition, 1949, page 194)
      Sensations then, are not perceivings, observings or findings; they are not detectings, scannings or inspectings; they are not apprehendings, cognisings, intuitings or knowings.