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Middle EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Old English cnīf, from Old Norse knífr, from Proto-Germanic *knībaz.

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NounEdit

knyf (plural knyves or knyfes)

  1. A knife as a tool or instrument; the following special senses exist:
    1. A knife used in surgery.
    2. A kitchen knife.
  2. A knife or dagger (weapon)

Usage notesEdit

In Middle English, if a vowel, especially i or y, was followed by a consonant, than a silent e, the vowel would still be long if the e was omitted, so it was sometimes omited.

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