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1. An attendant or servant.
2. A knight's page.
3. A rascal; a knave.

[Middle English, from Old French, variant of vaslet; see valet.]


1. (Historical Terms) a menial servant
2. (Historical Terms) a knight's page
3. (Historical Terms) a rascal
[C15: from Old French, variant of vallet valet]


(ˈvɑr lɪt)

n. Archaic.
1. rascal.
a. an attendant or servant.
b. a page who serves a knight.
[1425–75; late Middle English < Middle French; variant of valet]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.varlet - a deceitful and unreliable scoundrelvarlet - a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel
scoundrel, villain - a wicked or evil person; someone who does evil deliberately
2.varlet - in medieval times a youth acting as a knight's attendant as the first stage in training for knighthoodvarlet - in medieval times a youth acting as a knight's attendant as the first stage in training for knighthood
attendant, attender, tender - someone who waits on or tends to or attends to the needs of another


n (obs, = page) → Knappe m; (= rascal)Schurke m, → Halunke m
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The fireflies, too, which sparkled most vividly in the darkest places, now and then startled him, as one of uncommon brightness would stream across his path; and if, by chance, a huge blockhead of a beetle came winging his blundering flight against him, the poor varlet was ready to give up the ghost, with the idea that he was struck with a witch's token.
See him contented, however, thou stubborn varlet,'' said the Disinherited Knight.
And yet I have seen the moral of my own behaviour very frequent in England since my return; where a little contemptible varlet, without the least title to birth, person, wit, or common sense, shall presume to look with importance, and put himself upon a foot with the greatest persons of the kingdom.
That vile servant called my father 'a meddling old fool,' 'Fool and meddler art thou thyself, varlet,' I shouted, springing through the window, 'THAT for thy impudence
Bets increase in amount, one loss only serves to lead to a greater, until in the course of a single night's gambling, the richest chief may become the poorest varlet in the camp.
That in addition, it suits us not that any fiddler, barber, or any soldier varlet should be clad like a prince, in velvet, cloth of silk, and rings of gold.
Now by my faith," said Robin, "thou art a right saucy varlet, sirrah; yet I will stoop to thee as I never stooped to man before.
Ye ride after ME, varlet," cried Norman of Torn, "an' lest ye should forget again so soon who be thy master, take that, as a reminder," and he struck the red giant full upon the mouth with his clenched fist--so that the fellow tumbled heavily to the earth.
     And common, base-born varlet.
If Webb wants faith and honesty in an Indian, let him bring out the tribes of the Delawares, and send these greedy and lying Mohawks and Oneidas, with their six nations of varlets, where in nature they belong, among the French
Stripped of the cunning artifices of the tailor, and standing forth in the garb of Eden--what a sorry, set of round-shouldered, spindle-shanked, crane-necked varlets would civilized men appear
Fair ladies, brave knights, churls, varlets, squires, scurvy knaves, men-at-arms, malapert rogues--all were merry.