Definition of knowingness:
Holmes's poetry is mostly on the colloquial level, excellent society- verse, but even in its serious moments too smart and too pretty to be taken very gravely; with a certain glitter, knowingness and flippancy about it and an absence of that self- forgetfulness and intense absorption in its theme which characterize the work of the higher imagination.- "Brief History of English and American Literature", Henry A. Beers.
The curtain parted again to admit a second European, a somewhat older man, who glanced back over his shoulder deferentially and, to Yasmini's unerring eye, tried to carry off prudish timidity with an air of knowingness.- "Winds of the World", Talbot Mundy.
He has perhaps like the stage villain a little too much of that cheap knowingness, which is the theatrical badge of the complete man of the world, but which gentlemen in actual life do not ordinarily affect.- "Robert Browning", Edward Dowden.