knavish

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

Definition of knavish

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

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knavishly adverb

Examples of knavish in a Sentence

a knavish bunch of urchins racing pell-mell through the marketplace

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 11 Aug. 2020.

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