What is the meaning of the word “knobbie” from Words and phrases http://www.wordandphrase.info/ enter image description here

closed as off-topic by David M, Dusty, Kristina Lopez, RyeɃreḁd, choster Mar 19 '14 at 17:27

This question appears to be off-topic. The users who voted to close gave this specific reason:

  • "Questions that can be answered using commonly-available references are off-topic. A list of these references can be found here: List of general references" – David M, Dusty, Kristina Lopez, RyeɃreḁd, choster
If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

  • 1
    The Google search [ define "knobbie" ] returns links to the answer including the very first hit: Bing Dictionary. This is off topic: General Reference. – MetaEd May 12 '13 at 13:58

All of the reference are to bicycles.

  • ...miniature mountain bikes, they're complete with hand brakes, knobbies and aluminum rims.
  • And when you're talking rolling resistance, they've got knobbies beat by a country mile.
  • ...the course: racing slicks for roads, off-road knobbies for rugged hills.

The last gives it away: the word refers to knobbled tyres, as opposed to "slick" (smooth) tyres. It's jargon, but easy to see that it's related to the listed adjective knobby:

Full of, abounding in, bearing, or covered with knobs or protuberances; knotty. [OED]

Here's a motorcycle/motocross version from a Google image search for knobbies. Bikes would have smaller knobs on.

enter image description here [Adventure Rider]

There's a Wikipedia page too.


This is an informal variant of knobby tire.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.