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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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Nay, thou naughty varlet," quoth the Sheriff, turning his head and looking right grimly upon Will Stutely, "thou shalt have no sword but shall die a mean death, as beseemeth a vile thief like thee.
Now as I live," cried the Sheriff, "yon varlet I know right well is a sturdy rebel
     And common, base-born varlet.
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.
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
Besides, though the Delaware tongue is the same as a book to the Iroquois, the cunning varlets are quick enough at understanding the reason of a wolf's howl.
Of course they contracted that the varlets who dragged us up should not mention bucksheesh once.
I beseeched the varlets not to twist all my joints asunder; I iterated, reiterated, even swore to them that I did not wish to beat any body to the top; did all I could to convince them that if I got there the last of all I would feel blessed above men and grateful to them forever; I begged them, prayed them, pleaded with them to let me stop and rest a moment--only one little moment: and they only answered with some more frightful springs, and an unenlisted volunteer behind opened a bombardment of determined boosts with his head which threatened to batter my whole political economy to wreck and ruin.
One poor man was labelled "a common varlet and tale bearer and no credit should be given unto him".
In 2010, as part of an inventory of Mediterranean translations, Mardam Bey said that Emmanuel Varlet found that "only 0.
In the "Disputation of the Greeks and Romans," each party, Greek sage and Roman varlet, radically and comically mistranslates the other's hand signals during a debate about whether the Greeks can safely transfer their knowledge to the Romans.