What does knave mean?

Definitions for knaveneɪv

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word knave.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. rogue, knave, rascal, rapscallion, scalawag, scallywag, varlet(noun)

    a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel

  2. jack, knave(noun)

    one of four face cards in a deck bearing a picture of a young prince


  1. knave(Noun)

    A tricky, deceitful fellow; a dishonest person; a rogue; a villain.

  2. knave(Noun)

    A playing card marked with the figure of a servant or soldier; a jack.

  3. knave(Noun)

    A boy; especially, a boy servant.

  4. knave(Noun)

    Any male servant; a menial.

  5. Origin: From knave, from cnafa, from knabô, from gnebʰ-, from gen-. Cognate with Knabe. Related also to knape.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Knave(noun)

    a boy; especially, a boy servant

  2. Knave(noun)

    any male servant; a menial

  3. Knave(noun)

    a tricky, deceitful fellow; a dishonest person; a rogue; a villain

  4. Knave(noun)

    a playing card marked with the figure of a servant or soldier; a jack


  1. Knave

    Knave magazine is a long-established British pornographic magazine, published by Galaxy Publications. It is the upmarket sister publication of Fiesta magazine. Along with many other adult magazines, Knave has published the works of popular authors, including Harlan Ellison. Ellison's short story "The Pied Piper of Sex" was first published in the March 1959 issue under the name Paul Merchant, whilst "The Man with the Green Nose", also known as "Survivor No. 1", and co-written with Henry Slesar, first appeared in the September 1959 issue. Other people to have been published at Knave include Kim Newman, Dave Langford, and Neil Gaiman. Gaiman's early short stories, including "We Can Get Them For You Wholesale", were published within the magazine; he also worked at the magazine in many roles, including celebrity interviewer and book reviewer. Gaiman began work at the magazine in 1984 but left in the late 80s because an editorial change resulted in the magazine concentrating more heavily on pornographic content. Eric Fuller, credited by The Guardian as "the man behind the success of Dennis Publishing's lad-mag, Maxim", also worked for the magazine for a time.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Knave

    nāv, n. a false, deceitful fellow: a villain: a card bearing the picture of a servant or soldier: (Shak.) a boy.—ns. Knave′-bairn, a male child; Knav′ery, dishonesty; Knave′ship (Scot.), a certain quantity of grain, the due of the miller.—adj. Knav′ish, fraudulent: villainous.—adv. Knav′ishly.—n. Knav′ishness. [A.S. cnafa, cnapa, a boy, a youth; Ger. knabe, knappe.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of knave in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of knave in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Charles Caleb Colton:

    He that dies a martyr proves that he was not a knave, but by no means that he was not a fool.

  2. Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield:

    The heart never grows better by age I fear rather worse always harder. A young liar will be an old one, and a young knave will only be a greater knave as he grows older.

  3. Alexander Hamilton, P. 217 - A History of the American People by P. Johnson:

    Every man ought to be supposed a knave, and to have no other end, in all his actions, but private interest. By this interest we must govern him, and by means of it, make him cooperate to public good, notwithstanding his unsatiable avarice and ambition.

  4. C. C. Colton:

    Nothing more completely baffles one who is full of trick and duplicity than straigthforward and simple integrity in another. A knave would rather quarrel with a brother knave than with a fool, but he would rather avoid a quarrel with one honest man than with both. He can combat a fool by management and address, and he can conquer a knave by temptations. But the honest man is neither to be bamboozled nor bribed.

  5. Earl of Kent, _The_Tragedy_of_King_Lear_:

    A knave; a rascal; an eater of broken meats; a base, proud, shallow, beggarly, three-suited, hundred-pound, filthy, worsted-stocking knave; a lily-livered, action-taking knave, a whoreson, glass-gazing, super-serviceable finical rogue; one-trunk-inheriting slave; one that wouldst be a bawd, in way of good service, and art nothing but the composition of a knave, beggar, coward, pandar, and the son and heir of a mongrel bitch: one whom I will beat into clamorous whining, if thou deniest the least syllable of thy addition.

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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • Knabe, Knecht, Gauner, Knappe, Boy, Schurke, BubeGerman
  • απατεώνGreek
  • mozo, sota, bellaco, villano, pajeSpanish
  • sotamies, solttu, hovipoika, knaapi, jätkäFinnish
  • voyou, fourbe, page, valetFrench
  • fanteItalian
  • 悪党Japanese
  • knaap, knecht, schelm, boy, boerDutch
  • valetePortuguese
  • валет, прислужник, плут, жулик, подонок, мальчик-слуга, лакей, подлец, негодяйRussian
  • hjon, gynnare, dräng, skojare, knektSwedish
  • ghulamuSwahili
  • மோசமானவன்Tamil

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