AskDefine | Define knave

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1 a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel [syn: rogue, rascal, rapscallion, scalawag, scallywag, varlet]
2 one of four face cards in a deck bearing a picture of a young prince [syn: jack]

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Old English cnafa


  • , /neɪv/, /neIv/
  • Rhymes with: -eɪv



  1. A tricky, deceitful fellow; a dishonest person; a rogue; a villain.
  2. A playing card marked with the figure of a servant or soldier; a jack.
  3. A boy; especially, a boy servant.
  4. Any male servant; a menial.

Derived terms


A boy; especially, a boy servant
Any male servant; a menial
deceitful fellow
playing card

Extensive Definition

Knave may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

ace, bad boy, bastard, best bower, blackguard, booger, bower, buffoon, bugger, cards, clubs, cutup, deck, deuce, devil, diamonds, dummy, elf, enfant terrible, face cards, flush, full house, funmaker, hand, hearts, heel, hood, hoodlum, hooligan, imp, jack, joker, jokester, king, left bower, little devil, little monkey, little rascal, lowlife, minx, mischief, mischief-maker, miscreant, pack, pair, picture cards, pixie, playing cards, practical joker, prankster, precious rascal, puck, queen, rapscallion, rascal, rogue, round, rowdy, royal flush, rubber, ruff, ruffian, scalawag, scamp, scapegrace, scoundrel, shyster, singleton, sneak, spades, spalpeen, straight, trey, trick, trump, villain, wag
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