- a male servant.
- a man of humble position.
Origin of knave
Examples from the Web for knaves
All those who deceive mankind are not always cheats; they are frequently deceived by those who are knaves in reality.Letters To Eugenia|Paul Henri Thiry Holbach
The matter is, that they dipped me in a vat, the knaves; I believed that it was only water, but it was indigo.Chicot the Jester|Alexandre Dumas, Pere
Every conspiracy is made up of knaves and fools; you figured in the latter capacity.Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume I (of II)|Charles James Lever
"'Tis too clear these knaves acted by your orders, captain," interrupted Jerningham.Captain Ravenshaw|Robert Neilson Stephens
And surely, in a little while, three knaves rushed forth before them in the green drive and bade Beaumains stand.King Arthur's Knights|Henry Gilbert
Word Origin for knave
Old English cnafa "boy, male servant," common Germanic (cf. Old High German knabo "boy, youth, servant," German knabe "boy, lad," also probably related to Old English cnapa "boy, youth, servant," Old Norse knapi "servant boy," Dutch knaap "a youth, servant," Middle High German knappe "a young squire," German Knappe "squire, shield-bearer"). The original meaning might have been "stick, piece of wood" [Klein]. Sense of "rogue, rascal" first recorded c.1200. In playing cards, "the jack," 1560s.