Definition of Knavish

1. Adjective. Marked by skill in deception. "A wily old attorney"




Definition of Knavish

1. a. Like or characteristic of a knave; given to knavery; trickish; fraudulent; dishonest; villainous; as, a knavish fellow, or a knavish trick.

Definition of Knavish

1. Adjective. Having the characteristics of a knave; mischievous, roguish, waggish, rascally or impertinent ¹

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Definition of Knavish

1. knave [adj] - See also: knave

Medical Definition of Knavish

1. 1. Like or characteristic of a knave; given to knavery; trickish; fraudulent; dishonest; villainous; as, a knavish fellow, or a knavish trick. "Knavish politicians." 2. Mischievous; roguish; waggish. "Cupid is knavish lad, Thus to make poor females mad." (Shak) Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Knavish

knaur
knaurs
knauvshawl
knave
knave of clubs
knave of diamonds
knave of hearts
knave of spades
knaveproof
knaveries
knavery
knaves
knaveship
knavess
knavesses
knavish (current term)
knavishly
knavishness
knaw
knawe
knawed
knawel
knawels
knawes
knawing
knaws
knawvshawl
knawvshawled
knawvshawling
knawvshawls

Literary usage of Knavish

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Harvard Classics by Charles William Eliot (1910)
"He never gave me anything; and it would be tedious to relate all the knavish tricks of this prelate. I prefer to dwell on matters of greater moment. xv When ..."

2. The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini by Benvenuto Cellini (1910)
"He never gave me anything; and it would be tedious to relate all the knavish tricks of this prelate. I prefer to dwell on matters of greater moment. xv When ..."

3. Curiosities of the Law Reporters by Franklin Fiske Heard (1871)
"As for the child, let her be handed over by this knavish guardian to the other guardian named in her father's will, who, it is to be hoped, will take proper ..."

4. Old and New London: A Narrative of Its History, Its People, and Its Places by Walter Thornbury, Edward Walford (1881)
"Sir Nicholas Bacon—The Fighting tar1 of Peterborough—A knavish Duke—The Cooks'Company —Noble Street —The "Half-moon ..."

5. Our Press Gang; Or, A Complete Exposition of the Corruptions and Crimes of by Lambert A. Wilmer (1859)
"I suspect that not less than twenty or thirty per cent, of the profits of these knavish corporations, and others of a kindred nature, is required to ..."

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