Having the characteristics of a knave; mischievous, roguish, waggish, rascally or impertinent

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  • Knavish — Knav ish, a. 1. Like or characteristic of a knave[3]; given to knavery; trickish; fraudulent; dishonest; villainous; as, a knavish fellow, or a knavish trick. Knavish politicians. Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 2. Mischievous; roguish; waggish;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • knavish — index artful, deceptive, disreputable, false (disloyal), immoral, iniquitous, lawless, machiavellian …   Law dictionary

  • knavish — (adj.) late 14c., from KNAVE (Cf. knave) + ISH (Cf. ish). Related: Knavishly; knavishness …   Etymology dictionary

  • knavish — [nāv′ish] adj. like or characteristic of a knave; esp., dishonest; tricky knavishly adv. knavishness n …   English World dictionary

  • knavish — knave ► NOUN 1) archaic a dishonest or unscrupulous man. 2) (in cards) a jack. DERIVATIVES knavery noun knavish adjective. ORIGIN Old English, «boy, servant» …   English terms dictionary

  • knavish — adjective Date: 14th century of, relating to, or characteristic of a knave; especially dishonest • knavishly adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • knavish — knavishly, adv. knavishness, n. /nay vish/, adj. 1. like or befitting a knave; untrustworthy; dishonest. 2. Archaic. waggish; roguish; mischievous. [1350 1400; ME knavyssh. See KNAVE, ISH1] * * * …   Universalium

  • knavish — Synonyms and related words: abominable, arch, arrant, atrocious, bad, base, black, blackguardly, blamable, blameworthy, criminal, damnable, dark, deceitful, degraded, devilish, disgraceful, elfish, elvish, evil, execrable, flagitious, flagrant,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • knavish — (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. felonious, fraudulent, conniving, untrustworthy; see dishonest 1 , 2 …   English dictionary for students

  • knavish — knav·ish || neɪvɪʃ adj. villainous, dishonest, deceitful; mischievous (Archaic) …   English contemporary dictionary

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