But the knave can seldom be brought to believe in the existence of an honest man.
He threw the helmet with a clatter on to the table as if it had been the knave's canting head.
From the next row to that whence you took the knave, take the seven; from the next row take the five; from the next the queen.
"Take this knave and lock him in his chamber," he bade a couple of his bravi.
To show mercy towards such a knave is an outrage to society!
It seems I must save you not only from that knave, but from yourself.
The knave of the suit represents the most intimate person of their family.
"I should have thought the knave had more of your sympathy," said the other.
The fox made a hearty breakfast on it, saying, "The fool's ear was made for the knave's tongue."
I should have given up the contest, I confess, but that the knave had me in his power.
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.