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knavish

[ney-vish] /ˈneɪ vɪʃ/
adjective
1.
like or befitting a knave; untrustworthy; dishonest.
2.
Archaic. waggish; roguish; mischievous.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English knavyssh. See knave, -ish1
Related forms
knavishly, adverb
knavishness, noun
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Examples for knavish
  • And you know the knavish system of the scientific world.
Word Origin and History for knavish
adj.

late 14c., from knave + -ish. Related: Knavishly; knavishness.

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