Meaning of knave in English:


Pronunciation /neɪv/

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  • 1 archaic A dishonest or unscrupulous man.

    ‘Instead, according to the same Daily Record, he is a knave and a liar.’
    • ‘Due to my poor performance as a husband, father, and provider, I can claim the role of knave, or general ne'er-do-well.’
    • ‘Gentleman, you see, do not play cricket with knaves.’
    • ‘In general, Winter seems to feel that most writers are either the ‘good guys’ or the knaves, and allows for very little middle ground.’
    • ‘I'm glad he's going since IMO, the man is a fool and a knave.’
    scoundrel, rogue, villain, rascal, good-for-nothing, wretch, ne'er-do-well, unprincipled person, reprobate, scapegrace, wrongdoer, evil-doer, charlatan, cheat, swindler, fraudster
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  • 2(in cards) a jack.


Old English cnafa ‘boy, servant’, of West Germanic origin; related to German Knabe ‘boy’.