- a knavish person; rascal.
- an attendant or servant.
- a page who serves a knight.
Origin of varlet
Examples from the Web for varlet
I trust not the varlet with whom I bartered it for my motley.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
The fourth varlet did not wait for me, but closed on me with his knife.Sir Ludar
Talbot Baines Reed
At one time he took service with a minstrel and was his varlet.The Red Romance Book
"Then give the varlet food and raiment and set him on his way," said Sir Hugh.The Canterbury Puzzles
Henry Ernest Dudeney
But, Rebecca, I've a mind to see what observance these people will give the varlet.The Panchronicon
Harold Steele Mackaye
- a menial servant
- a knight's page
- a rascal
Word Origin and History for varlet
mid-15c., "servant, attendant of a knight," from Middle French varlet (14c.), variant of vaslet, originally "squire, young man," from Old French vassal (see vassal). The meaning "rascal, rogue" is 1540s.