Synonyms for knave
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR KNAVE
He threw the helmet with a clatter on to the table as if it had been the knave's canting head.
He has gone; and, knave as he is, I can hardly help exclaiming, "Luck go with him!"
Here is a knave of a friar calleth me a mad priest, and yet I smite him not.
Is it true that you are persecuted by this knave's addresses?'
But I always have a little distrust for the foolishness of a person who has once been a knave.
The persecution of which they complained was the persecution of the honest man by the knave.
Come, knave, find me a way, or I'll have you broken on the wheel.
"Take this knave and lock him in his chamber," he bade a couple of his bravi.
"It is my wish that counts, you knave," I thundered and advanced upon him.
It was not necessary, you knave, to bring me hither to tell me so much.
Old English cnafa "boy, male servant," common Germanic (cf. Old High German knabo "boy, youth, servant," German knabe "boy, lad," also probably related to Old English cnapa "boy, youth, servant," Old Norse knapi "servant boy," Dutch knaap "a youth, servant," Middle High German knappe "a young squire," German Knappe "squire, shield-bearer"). The original meaning might have been "stick, piece of wood" [Klein]. Sense of "rogue, rascal" first recorded c.1200. In playing cards, "the jack," 1560s.