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: attendant, menial
: a knight's page
: a base unprincipled person : knave
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baddie (or baddy), beast, brute, devil, evildoer, fiend, heavy, hound, knave, meanie (also meany), miscreant, monster, nazi, no-good, rapscallion, rascal, reprobate, rogue, savage, scalawag (or scallywag), scamp, scoundrel, villain, wretch
15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a
Middle English vadlet, valet, varlet "male servant, groom, knight's attendant," — more at valet entry 1
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varium et mutabile semper femina
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to deposit or conceal in a hiding place
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