knave

noun
\ ˈnāv \

Definition of knave 

1 : a tricky deceitful fellow

3 archaic

a : a boy servant

b : a male servant

c : a man of humble birth or position

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Examples of knave in a Sentence

he plays the role of the duplicitous knave who tries to foil the play's hero

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Anyone who has observed both major parties over the decades knows that each party has its share of fools, knaves, and outright crooks. John Fund, National Review, "Menendez and Murphy: A Tale of Two Transgressors," 8 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of knave

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for knave

Middle English, from Old English cnafa; akin to Old High German knabo boy

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knave

noun

English Language Learners Definition of knave

: a dishonest man

: a playing card that ranks below a queen and above a 10

knave

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