Definition of carpet knight in English:

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carpet knight

Entry from British & World English dictionary


A man who avoids hard work in favour of leisure activities or philandering.
Example sentences
  • What would the Round Table be without the best carpet knight in town?
  • He was an obtuse Legitimist, a besotted zealot, a carpet knight and former member of the Mixed Commissions of 1851.
  • What might have been the result it is not easy to say; Sir Jacques had no carpet knight to deal with in Don Diego; but the king ended the business by refusing permission to the combatants to finish their fight.


Late 16th century: with reference to a knight's exploits being restricted to a carpeted boudoir, instead of to the field of battle.

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