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unprincipled, dishonest person; villain
Not to be confused with:
nave – the center part of a church
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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.]
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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]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. an unprincipled, untrustworthy, or dishonest person.
2. (in cards) the jack.
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.
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|Noun||1.||knave - a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel|
|2.||knave - one of four face cards in a deck bearing a picture of a young prince|
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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.
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knave[ˈneɪv] n → valet m
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a jack in a pack of playing-cards. the knave of diamonds. skobbejak, boer ماكِر، خَدّاع вале valete spodek der Bube knægt βαλέςsota soldat سرباز jätkä valet קְלָף “נַעַר” बेईमान dečko u kartama bubi kartu jack gosi fante ジャック (카드) 잭 valetas kalps (kāršu spēlē) pekak boerknektwalet دقطعو په لوبه كښى غلام valete valet (la jocul de cărţi) валет dolník fant žandar u kartama knekt ไพ่ตัวแจ๊ค bacak (撲克牌中的)傑克 валет تاش کے پتوں میں غلام quân J （纸牌中的）Jack
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