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1. An unprincipled, crafty fellow.
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.
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The cheating knavishness of intellect, that's it," he said to himself.
Electoral campaigns might reveal a candidate's knavishness.
The editors note that the ubiquitous wild ass, protagonist of numerous warnings about knavishness and folly, is portrayed against nature as carnivorous; consequently they suggest that the fables, many of which originated outside Greece, starred hyenas rather than donkeys.