knavish

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Knavish \Knav"ish\, adjective

1. Like or characteristic of a knave[3]; given to knavery; trickish; fraudulent; dishonest; villainous; as, a knavish fellow, or a knavish trick. "Knavish politicians." --Macaulay.

2. Mischievous; roguish; waggish; rascally.

Cupid is knavish lad, Thus to make poor females mad. --Shak.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

knavish

adjective

1: marked by skill in deception; "cunning men often pass for wise"; "deep political machinations"; "a foxy scheme"; "a slick evasive answer"; "sly as a fox"; "tricky Dick"; "a wily old attorney" [syn: {crafty}, {cunning}, {dodgy}, {foxy}, {guileful}, {knavish}, {slick}, {sly}, {tricksy}, {tricky}, {wily}]


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