Definition of knave noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//neɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//neɪv//
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  1. 1(old-fashioned) = jack the knave of clubs
  2. 2(old use) a dishonest man or boy
  3. Word Origin Old English cnafa ‘boy, servant’, of West Germanic origin; related to German Knabe ‘boy’.
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