- like or befitting a knave; untrustworthy; dishonest.
- Archaic. waggish; roguish; mischievous.
Origin of knavish
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Examples from the Web for knavish
The word is also used adjectively for "knavish tricks," "rogueries."
But they must have forgotten all about Mr. Crow's knavish cousin, Jasper Jay.The Tale of Jasper Jay
Arthur Scott Bailey
I was describing to F—— some knavish tricks of a mutual friend of ours.The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb
They were like monkeys for their knavish and thievish tricks.For Faith and Freedom
How could I foresee I should have to deal with a knavish sort of a nameless something?Secresy
E. (Eliza) Fenwick
Word Origin and History for knavish
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