knavery

[ ney-vuh-ree ]
/ ˈneɪ və ri /

noun, plural knav·er·ies.

action or practice characteristic of a knave.
unprincipled, untrustworthy, or dishonest dealing; trickery.
a knavish act or practice.

Nearby words

  1. knapsack problem,
  2. knapweed,
  3. knar,
  4. knarly,
  5. knave,
  6. knavish,
  7. knavishly,
  8. knawel,
  9. knead,
  10. knebworth house

Origin of knavery

First recorded in 1520–30; knave + -ery

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British Dictionary definitions for knavery

knavery

/ (ˈneɪvərɪ) /

noun plural -eries

a deceitful or dishonest act
dishonest conduct; trickery
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Word Origin and History for knavery

knavery

n.

1520s, from knave + -ery.

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