knavish

[ ney-vish ]
/ ˈneɪ vɪʃ /

adjective

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

Nearby words

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

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

knavish

adj.

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

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