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Varlet, 1) a servant to a knight: “my horse, v.! laquais, ha!” H5 IV, 2, 2. “call here my v., I'll unarm again,” Troil. I, 1, 1.
Used in a kind of hermaphroditical form, between varlet and harlot (to denote a person being in his forepart a varlet, and in his hindpart a harlot): “thou art thought to be Achilles' male varlot. Male varlot, you rogue! what's that? Why, his masculine whore,” Troil. V, 1, 18. 19 (some M. Edd. harlot, not considering that a plain and intelligible word would not provoke the question what was meant by it).
2) a term of reproach, == knave, rascal: Tp. IV, 170. Wiv. I, 3, 106. IV, 2, 104. Meas. II, 1, 174. Meas. II, 1, 174 Ado IV, 2, 74. H4A II, 2, 25 “(I am the veriest v. that ever chewed with a tooth).” II, 4, 474. H4B II, 1, 50. Troil. V, 1, 106. V, 4, 3. Cor. V, 2, 84. Lr. II, 2, 30. II, 4, 190. Cymb. IV, 2, 83. Used coaxingly by Shallow (cf. Knave) in praising his servant Davy: “a good v.” H4B V, 3, 13. H4B V, 3, 13 H4B V, 3, 13 Misapplied by Elbow in Meas. II, 1, 88.
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