Knave meaning

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The definition of a knave is a scoundrel or a dishonest person.

A man who steals and lies is an example of a knave.

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An unprincipled, crafty fellow.
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A dishonest, deceitful person; tricky rascal; rogue.
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(archaic) A boy; especially, a boy servant.
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(archaic) Any male servant; a menial.
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A tricky, deceitful fellow; a dishonest person; a rogue; a villain.
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(card games) A playing card marked with the figure of a servant or soldier; a jack.
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Origin of knave

  • Middle English from Old English cnafa boy, male servant

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English knave, from Old English cnafa (“child, boy, youth; servant”), from Proto-Germanic *knabô (“boy, youth”), from Proto-Indo-European *gnebʰ- (“to press, tighten”), from Proto-Indo-European *gen- (“to pinch, squeeze, bend, press together, ball”). Cognate with German Knabe (“lad”) and Dutch knaap (“lad”). Related also to knape.

    From Wiktionary