Origin of knavish
Related formsknav·ish·ly, adverbknav·ish·ness, noun
Examples from the Web for knavish
To lay duties on a commodity exported, which our neighbors want, is a knavish attempt to get something for nothing.
The Bee seemed utterly distraught at losing her bearings under the influence of my knavish tricks.The Mason-bees|J. Henri Fabre
The context shews that it was considered a 'knavish' word at this period.Chaucer's Works, Volume 5 (of 7) -- Notes to the Canterbury Tales|Geoffrey Chaucer
Stephen had a considerable share of cunning, a sort of knavish sagacity and ready impertinence, peculiar to most of his kind.
This dangerous indulgence did not fail to become known to the knavish class, who made profitable use of the opportunity.The Life of Sir Rowland Hill, Vol. II (of 2)|Rowland Hill