The knavish actions of the fox, however, are far more celebrated in the West than in the East.
The word is also used adjectively for "knavish tricks," "rogueries."
I should not have thought that at your age you would be capable of such a knavish trick.
But they must have forgotten all about Mr. Crow's knavish cousin, Jasper Jay.
He has a knavish look, sister, and has been hatching mischief with every step of his horse.
We could see that he was sly and knavish—just the stuff we wanted.
"The people here are cowardly, knavish, and ignorant," said an Irishman twenty years resident in Westport.
Like knavish cards, the leaves of all great books were covertly packed.
Once 'a be a-thinkin' as what every rogue in the castle were a-stealin' o' rope's-ends to choken their knavish throats.
Hang out your lanthorns, trim your lightsTo save your days from knavish nights!