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knave: boy or lad employed as a servant; male servant or menial in general Wiv. III. v. 101, 2H4 I. ii. 83, Lr. I. iv. 88, Oth. I. i. 126 “a of common hire,” Ant. V. ii. 3; opposed to “knight” Tw.N. II. iii. 72 [69], John I. i. 243; often used vocatively in addressing a servant with friendly familiarity LLL. III. i. 151 [144] “my good Costard,” Cæs. IV. iii. 240 “Poor knave.”
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