Knave

Knave

(nv), n. [OE., boy, servant, knave, AS. cnafa boy, youth; cf. AS. cnapa boy, youth, D. knaap, G. knabe boy, knappe esquire, Icel. knapi, Sw. knape esquire, knfvel knave.] 1. A boy; especially, a boy servant. [Obs.] Wyclif. Chaucer.
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O murderous slumber,
Lay'st thou thy leaden mace upon my boy
That plays thee music ? Gentle knave, good night.
Shak.
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2. Any male servant; a menial. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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He's but Fortune's knave,
A minister of her will.
Shak.
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3. A tricky, deceitful fellow; a dishonest person; a rogue; a villain. "A pair of crafty knaves." Shak.
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In defiance of demonstration, knaves will continue to proselyte fools.
Ames.
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"How many serving lads must have been unfaithful and dishonest before knave -- which meant at first no more than boy -- acquired the meaning which it has now !" Trench.
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4. A playing card marked with the figure of a servant or soldier; a jack; as, the knave of hearts.
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Knave child, a male child. [Obs.] Chaucer.

Syn. -- Villain; cheat; rascal; rogue; scoundrel; miscreant.
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