knave

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noun \ˈnāv\

Definition of knave

  1. 1 :  a tricky deceitful fellow

  2. 2 :  jack 2a

  3. 3 archaic a :  a boy servantb :  a male servantc :  a man of humble birth or position

Examples of knave in a sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of knave

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


First Known Use: before 12th century


KNAVE Defined for English Language Learners

knave

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noun \ˈnāv\

Definition of knave for English Language Learners

  • : a dishonest man

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


KNAVE Defined for Kids

knave

play
noun \ˈnāv\

Definition of knave for Students

  1. 1 :  rascal 2

  2. 2 :  1jack 2



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