knave

  • 1 Knave — (n[=a]v), n. [OE., boy, servant, knave, AS. cnafa boy, youth; cf. AS. cnapa boy, youth, D. knaap, G. knabe boy, knappe esquire, Icel. knapi, Sw. knape esquire, kn[ a]fvel knave.] 1. A boy; especially, a boy servant. [Obs.] Wyclif. Chaucer. [1913… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Knave — may refer to:* Knave , a popular internet webcomic and card game * Knave (magazine), a British adult magazine *A male servant *A journeyman *Another name for the Jack in a deck of cards *An unprincipled, crafty person *Knave of Hearts (Alice s… …

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  • 3 KNAVE — in Charta Anni 22. Henr. VII. Regis Angl. apud Henr. Spelmann. Ioh. fil. Vilhelmi Conper de Denby Knave, ad satifaciendum Regi etc. forte Armiger est. s. scuti famulus; samulum enim vox Saxonibus sonat. Vide Ian. Dolmer. ad Ius Aul. antiquum… …

    Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • 4 knave — [neıv] n [: Old English; Origin: cnafa boy, male servant ] 1.) BrE the playing card with a value between the ten and queen = ↑jack ▪ the knave of hearts →↑card1 (7) 2.) old fashioned a dishonest boy or man …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 5 Knave — [neiv] der; s, s <aus gleichbed. engl. knave, dies aus altengl. cnafa »Knabe« (ahd. knabo)> engl. Bez. für Bube, Schelm; Bube im Kartenspiel …

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  • 6 knave — index criminal, hoodlum Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 7 knave — [ neıv ] noun count 1. ) an old word meaning a dishonest man 2. ) a JACK in card games ╾ knav|ish adjective: a knavish trick …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 8 knave — (n.) O.E. cnafa boy, male servant, common Germanic (Cf. O.H.G. knabo boy, youth, servant, Ger. knabe boy, lad, also probably related to O.E. cnapa boy, youth, servant, O.N. knapi servant boy, Du. knaap a youth, servant, M.H.G. knappe a young… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 9 knave — *villain, scoundrel, blackguard, rascal, rogue, scamp, rapscallion, miscreant …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 10 knave — ► NOUN 1) archaic a dishonest or unscrupulous man. 2) (in cards) a jack. DERIVATIVES knavery noun knavish adjective. ORIGIN Old English, «boy, servant» …

    English terms dictionary

  • 11 knave — [nāv] n. [ME knaue < OE cnafa, boy, male child, akin to Ger knabe] 1. Archaic a) a serving boy or male servant b) a man of humble birth or status 2. a dishonest, deceitful person; tricky rascal; rogue 3. JACK (n …

    English World dictionary

  • 12 Knave —    A popular vocative in the seventeenth century, but one which went out of fashion soon afterwards.    The word had long been in use, at first meaning a boy, then a young male servant, and finally a rogue. Shakespeare used ‘knave’ vocatively in… …

    A dictionary of epithets and terms of address

  • 13 knave — /nayv/, n. 1. an unprincipled, untrustworthy, or dishonest person. 2. Cards. jack1 (def. 2). 3. Archaic. a. a male servant. b. a man of humble position. [bef. 1000; ME; OE cnafa; c. G Knabe boy; akin to ON knapi page, boy] Syn. 1. blackguard,… …

    Universalium

  • 14 Knave — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Knave >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 knave knave rogue Sgm: N 1 Scapin Scapin rascal Sgm: N 1 Lazarillo de Tormes Lazarillo de Tormes Sgm: N 1 bad man bad man &c. 949 Sgm: N 1 blackguard …

    English dictionary for students

  • 15 knave — be·knave; knave; knave·ship; …

    English syllables

  • 16 knave — UK [neɪv] / US noun [countable] Word forms knave : singular knave plural knaves 1) an old word for a dishonest man 2) a jack in card games the knave of hearts …

    English dictionary

  • 17 knave — [[t]neɪv[/t]] n. 1) an unprincipled, untrustworthy, or dishonest person 2) gam (in cards) the jack 3) archaic a) a male servant b) a man of humble position • Etymology: bef. 1000; ME; OE cnafa, c. OHG knabo boy; akin to OE cnapa, OHG knappo syn:… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 18 knave — [[t]ne͟ɪv[/t]] knaves 1) N COUNT (disapproval) If someone calls a man a knave, they mean that he is dishonest and should not be trusted. [OLD FASHIONED] Syn: rogue, scoundrel 2) N COUNT In card games, knave is another word for jack. [mainly BRIT] …

    English dictionary

  • 19 knave — neɪv n. jack, playing card with the figure of a knave; rogue, cheater, crook, scoundrel, villain …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 20 knave n — Queen one entitled to rule a nation, make up a deck, or beat a knave …

    English expressions