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Meaning of KNAVE

Pronunciation:  neyv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  one of four face cards in a deck bearing a picture of a young prince
  2. [n]  a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel

KNAVE is a 5 letter word that starts with K.


 Synonyms: jack, rapscallion, rascal, rogue, scalawag, scallywag, varlet
 See Also: court card, face card, picture card, scoundrel, villain



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Knave\, n. [OE., boy, servant, knave, AS. cnafa boy,
youth; cf. AS. cnapa boy, youth, D. kna?p, G. knabe boy,
knappe esquire, Icel. knapi, Sw. knape esquire, kn["a]fvel
1. A boy; especially, a boy servant. [Obs.] --Wyclif.

         O murderous slumber, Lay'st thou thy leaden mace
         upon my boy That plays thee music ? Gentle knave,
         good night.                           --Shak.

2. Any male servant; a menial. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

         He's but Fortune's knave, A minister of her will.

3. A tricky, deceitful fellow; a dishonest person; a rogue; a
   villain. ``A pair of crafty knaves.'' --Shak.

         In defiance of demonstration, knaves will continue
         to proselyte fools.                   --Ames.

Note: ``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 !''

4. A playing card marked with the figure of a servant or
   soldier; a jack.

{Knave child}, a male child. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

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

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