knave

Definitions

  • Knave stealing tarts
    Knave stealing tarts
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n knave one of four face cards in a deck bearing a picture of a young prince
    • n knave a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Knave sneaking away Knave sneaking away
Knave called forward Knave called forward
Knave runs away Knave runs away
Knave passing out tarts Knave passing out tarts
Everyone going back home, the knave dragging his stave Everyone going back home, the knave dragging his stave
Knave kneeling Knave kneeling

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Knave A boy; especially, a boy servant. "O murderous slumber,
      Lay'st thou thy leaden mace upon my boy
      That plays thee music ? Gentle knave , good night."
    • Knave A playing card marked with the figure of a servant or soldier; a jack; as, the knave of hearts.
    • Knave A tricky, deceitful fellow; a dishonest person; a rogue; a villain. "A pair of crafty knaves .""In defiance of demonstration, knaves will continue to proselyte fools."
    • Knave Any male servant; a menial. "He's but Fortune's knave ,
      A minister of her will."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n knave A boy; a boy as a servant; a servant; a fellow.
    • n knave A friend; a crony: used as a term of endearment.
    • n knave A false, deceitful fellow; a dishonest person; one given to fraudulent tricks or practices; a rogue or scoundrel.
    • n knave A playing-card with a servant (usually, in English and American cards, in a conventionalized costume of the sixteenth century) figured on it; a jack.
    • knave To prove or make a knave.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Knave nāv a false, deceitful fellow: a villain: a card bearing the picture of a servant or soldier:
    • n Knave nāv (Shak.) a boy
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Quotations

  • Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
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    “We are no more free agents than the queen of clubs when she victoriously takes prisoner the knave of hearts.”
  • John Greenleaf Whittier
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    “Give fools their gold, and knaves their power; let fortune's bubbles rise and fall; who sows a field, or trains a flower, or plants a tree, is more than all.”
  • Samuel Butler
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    “There are more fools than knaves in the world, else the knaves would not have enough to live upon.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
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    “An account, mostly false, of events, mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.”
  • Thomas Otway
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    “Honest men are the soft easy cushions on which knaves repose and fatten.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE., boy, servant, knave, AS. cnafa, boy, youth; cf. AS. cnapa, boy, youth, D. knaap, G. knabe, boy, knappe, esquire, Icel. knapi, Sw. knape, esquire, knäfvel, knave
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. cnafa, cnapa, a boy, a youth; Ger. knabe, knappe.

Usage

In literature:

This is the Knave of Hearts.
"Debts of Honor" by Maurus Jókai
If your worship will take order for the drabs and 220 the knaves, you need not to fear the bawds.
"Measure for Measure" by William Shakespeare
Knave, Ten, and two others surely stops a suit, but Knave and three small is about as unreliable as Queen and two small.
"Auction of To-day" by Milton C. Work
Whose vassal you were born, knave?
"The Works of Lord Byron" by Lord Byron
Yonder plump, frisky dame seemed like the lamb; the gaunt knave by her side, the wolf.
"Under the Rose" by Frederic Stewart Isham
The young wife is a fool as well as a knave.
"Jewel Weed" by Alice Ames Winter
How dared you, you knave, permit your young mistress to ride, unattended, in the face of such a storm, too!
"Capitola's Peril" by Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth
A few more such German "victories" ought to about finish these knaves!
"Letters of Lt.-Col. George Brenton Laurie" by George Brenton Laurie
I place it on the Queen, against the Knave.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
Ha' pity on your poor knave, and deliver me from my tormentors!
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby
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In poetry:

"Comfort weel your seven sons;
For comforted will I never be:
I ween 'twas neither knave nor loon
Was in the bower last night wi' me."
"Clerk Saunders" by Andrew Lang
I've aboard a hundred messmates
Better than these 'long-shore knaves.
There is wreckage on the shallows;
It's the open sea that saves.
"A Captain Of The Press Gang" by Bliss William Carman
"But now I have slaine the master," he sayde,
"Let me goe strike the knave;
This is all the reward I aske,
Nor noe other will I have."
"Robin Hood And Guy Of Gisborne" by Anonymous British
Ther's monny a smilin simperin knave,
Wi' oppen hand will wish 'gooid morrow,'
'At wodn't gie a meg to save
A luckless mate, or ease his sorrow.
"Gooid" by John Hartley
I know not if they erred
Who thought to see
The tale of all the times to be,
Star-character'd;
I know not, neither care,
If fools or knaves they were.
"Love's Astrology" by William Watson
There's strength in our bands—and our fate's in
our hands;
If we knew but to use our power,
The foul-class rule—of the knave and fool,
Needn't last for a single hour.
"A Song For The People" by Ernest Jones

In news:

For example, K + vane will make "knave.".
Costumed knights, fair maidens, knaves and wenches will be on hand for the 19th annual Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival Friday, Oct 5 through Sunday, Oct 7 at Silver Bowl Park, 6800 E Russell Road, due to the renovation of Sunset Park.
Actor to play Knave of Hearts in Tim Burton's adaptation.
Crispin Glover has signed on to play the Knave of Hearts in Tim Burton's adaptation of "Alice in Wonderland" for Disney.
Bankers, Builders, Knaves and Thieves: The $300 Million Scam at ESM by Donald L Maggin Contemporary Books, 308 pp.
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