Definition of knave in English:

knave

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Pronunciation: /neɪv
 
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noun

  • 1 archaic A dishonest or unscrupulous man.
    More example sentences
    • Instead, according to the same Daily Record, he is a knave and a liar.
    • Due to my poor performance as a husband, father, and provider, I can claim the role of knave, or general ne'er-do-well.
    • Gentleman, you see, do not play cricket with knaves.
  • 2(In cards) a jack.

Derivatives

knavery

noun (plural knaveries)
More example sentences
  • No doubt the chancers behind this scam would later graduate to the kind of knavery witnessed at Kingston police court in the same month.
  • Iago's only bond with his wife Emilia is not intimate, or even affectionate, and it becomes the means that undoes him when he believes he must kill her to prevent her from revealing his knavery.
  • Those convinced of his knavery, however, are unlikely to accept this judgment as definitive.

Origin

Old English cnafa 'boy, servant', of West Germanic origin; related to German Knabe 'boy'.

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