knavish

[ney-vish]

adjective

like or befitting a knave; untrustworthy; dishonest.
Archaic. waggish; roguish; mischievous.

Origin of knavish

First recorded in 1350–1400, knavish is from the Middle English word knavyssh. See knave, -ish1
Related formsknav·ish·ly, adverbknav·ish·ness, noun
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Word Origin and History for knavish
adj.

late 14c., from knave + -ish. Related: Knavishly; knavishness.

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