knave

You don't hear about knaves much these days: it's an older word for a rascal, a scoundrel, or a rogue. It isn't a compliment.

If you read Shakespeare for long, you'll definitely see the word knave more than once. In Shakespeare, an important person like a king or a prince might call a thief a knave. Knaves always tend to be up to trouble such as stealing and getting drunk. You don't want to trust a knave; knaves lie, deceive, and betray. Today, we might call a knave a scumbag or lowlife.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: knave

1
n
a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel
2
n
one of four face cards in a deck bearing a picture of a young prince
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: knave
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n a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel

Synonyms:
rapscallion, rascal, rogue, scalawag, scallywag, varlet
Type of:
scoundrel, villain
a wicked or evil person; someone who does evil deliberately
2

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

Synonyms:
jack
Type of:
court card, face card, picture card
one of the twelve cards in a deck bearing a picture of a face
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