knavish

adjective
knav·​ish | \ ˈnā-vish How to pronounce knavish (audio) \

Definition of knavish

: of, relating to, or characteristic of a knave especially : dishonest

Other Words from knavish

knavishly adverb

Examples of knavish in a Sentence

a knavish bunch of urchins racing pell-mell through the marketplace
Recent Examples on the Web Wells could be playful, knavish, and his tone here is one of urgency and optimism about the distribution of information. BostonGlobe.com, 30 July 2021 The same people who are now telling us that only Republican-voting obscurantists, ignorant deplorables and knavish right-wing media pundits are raising doubts about the vaccine would have been oozing skepticism. Gerard Baker, WSJ, 12 July 2021

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First Known Use of knavish

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Knavish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/knavish. Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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