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knave

 (nāv)
n.
1. An unprincipled, crafty fellow.
2.
a. A male servant.
b. A man of humble birth.
3. Games See jack.

[Middle English, from Old English cnafa, boy, male servant.]

knav′ish adj.
knav′ish·ly adv.
knav′ish·ness n.

knave

(neɪv)
n
1. archaic a dishonest man; rogue
2. (Card Games) another word for jack16
3. obsolete a male servant
[Old English cnafa; related to Old High German knabo boy]
ˈknavish adj
ˈknavishly adv
ˈknavishness n

knave

(neɪv)

n.
1. an unprincipled, untrustworthy, or dishonest person.
2. (in cards) the jack.
3. Archaic.
a. a male servant.
b. a man of humble position.
[before 1000; Middle English; Old English cnafa, c. Old High German knabo boy; akin to Old English cnapa, Old High German knappo]
syn: knave, rascal, rogue, scoundrel are disparaging terms applied to persons considered base, dishonest, or unprincipled. knave, which formerly meant a male servant, in modern use emphasizes baseness of nature and intention: a swindling knave. rascal suggests a certain shrewdness and trickery: The rascal ran off with my money. rogue often refers to a worthless person who preys on the community: pictures of criminals in a rogues' gallery. scoundrel, a stronger term, suggests a base, immoral, even wicked person: Those scoundrels finally went to jail. rascal and rogue are often used affectionately or humorously to describe a mischievous person: I'll bet that rascal hid my slippers. The little rogues ate all the cookies.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.knave - a deceitful and unreliable scoundrelknave - a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel
scoundrel, villain - a wicked or evil person; someone who does evil deliberately
2.knave - one of four face cards in a deck bearing a picture of a young princeknave - one of four face cards in a deck bearing a picture of a young prince
court card, face card, picture card - one of the twelve cards in a deck bearing a picture of a face

knave

noun (Archaic) rogue, cheat, villain, rascal, scoundrel, scally (Northwest English dialect), swindler, bounder (old-fashioned Brit. slang), rotter (slang, chiefly Brit.), reprobate, scallywag (informal), scumbag (slang), scamp, blackguard, cocksucker (taboo slang), scapegrace, rapscallion, varlet (archaic) It is difficult to believe that he is such a knave behind my back.
Translations
ماكِر، خَدّاع
knægt
gosi
kalps

knave

[neɪv] N (Hist) → bellaco m, bribón m (Cards) → valet m; (in Spanish pack) → sota f

knave

[ˈneɪv] nvalet m

knave

n
(old)Bube m (old), → Schurke m
(Brit Cards) → Bube m, → Unter m (old)

knave

[neɪv] n (old) → furfante m (Cards) → fante m

knave

(neiv) noun
a jack in a pack of playing-cards. the knave of diamonds.
References in classic literature ?
You could lay that down for a rule--if you met a man who was rising in Packingtown, you met a knave.
Dismember me this animal, and return him in a basket to the base-born knave who sent him; other answer have I none
The Emperor was surprised at this bold proposal, however it appeared the wisest to him; 'You are a knave he replied after a moment's consideration, however your advice is good, and displays prudence, as your offense shows adventurous courage.
Tell me honestly"--a deeper glow overspreading his cheeks-- "do you think me most a knave or a fool?
This is t' way on 't:- up at sun-down: dice, brandy, cloised shutters, und can'le-light till next day at noon: then, t'fooil gangs banning und raving to his cham'er, makking dacent fowks dig thur fingers i' thur lugs fur varry shame; un' the knave, why he can caint his brass, un' ate, un' sleep, un' off to his neighbour's to gossip wi' t' wife.
But it does not please me, thou knave,'' said Cedric, ``that I should be made to suppose otherwise for two hours, and sit here devising vengeance against my neighbours for wrongs they have not done me.
They look upon fraud as a greater crime than theft, and therefore seldom fail to punish it with death; for they allege, that care and vigilance, with a very common understanding, may preserve a man's goods from thieves, but honesty has no defence against superior cunning; and, since it is necessary that there should be a perpetual intercourse of buying and selling, and dealing upon credit, where fraud is permitted and connived at, or has no law to punish it, the honest dealer is always undone, and the knave gets the advantage.
Then followed the Knave of Hearts, carrying the King's crown on a crimson velvet cushion; and, last of all this grand procession, came THE KING AND QUEEN OF HEARTS.
Then take here my working-bag and my good hammer too; and if I light upon that knave I will soon come back after them.
Now, chance ordained that the master hosier of Ghent, with whom the people were already in lively sympathy, and upon whom all eyes were riveted--should come and seat himself in the front row of the gallery, directly above the mendicant; and people were not a little amazed to see the Flemish ambassador, on concluding his inspection of the knave thus placed beneath his eyes, bestow a friendly tap on that ragged shoulder.
cried he, "whither hath that knave gone that was with me but now?
And thinking to bring shame on Goldboru, and wed her with a kitchen knave, he sent for Havelok.