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Knave, 1) a young fellow, a boy: “a young k. and begging!” H4B I, 2, 84. Often used in compellations, even as a term of endearment: “my good k. Costard,” LLL III, 144. “good my k.” LLL III, 144 “the k. counterfeits well, a good k.” Tw. IV, 2, 22. “the k. will stick by thee,” H4B V, 3, 70 (== thou wilt ever be a sly rogue; quibbling). “poor k., I blame thee not,” Caes. IV, 3, 241. “gentle k., good night,” Caes. IV, 3, 241 “though this k. came something saucily into the world,” Lr. I, 1, 21. “where's my k., my fool?” I, 4, 46. “now, my friendly k., I thank thee,” I, 4, 46 “my pretty k.” I, 4, 46 “poor fool and k.” III, 2, 72. “my good k. Eros,” Ant. IV, 14, 12. “my k.” Ant. IV, 14, 12
2) a menial: “a couple of Ford's --s, his hinds,” Wiv. III, 5, 99. “thou art the first k. that e'er madest a duke,” Meas. V, 361. “poor --s' caps and legs,” Cor. II, 1, 76. “my lady's father! my lord's k.” Lr. I, 4, 88. “being his k., I will,” II, 2, 144. “with a k. of common hire,” Oth. I, 1, 126. “not being Fortune, he's but Fortune's k.” Ant. V, 2, 3. Opposed to a knight: Tw. II, 3, 69. John I, 243.
3) rascal, villain: Tp. V, 268. Gent. III, 1, 263. Wiv. I, 1, 190. II, 1, 174. II, 2, 276. II, 2, 276 II, 2, 276 II, 2, 276 III, 1, 14. III, 1, 14 III, 3, 211. III, 3, 211 III, 3, 211 IV, 5, 122. Meas. V, 358. Err. I, 2, 72. Err. I, 2, 72 III, 1, 64. 74 etc. “bear the k. by the volume,” Cor. III, 3, 33 (== suffer to be called knave). “a crafty k. does need no broker,” H6B I, 2, 100 (proverb). to play the k. == to practise deceit: Merch. II, 3, 12. As III, 2, 315. All's V, 2, 32. Peculiar combination: “whores and --s,” Tp. II, 1, 166. “take order for the drabs and the --s,” Meas. II, 1, 247. “follow the k. and take this drab away,” H6B II, 1, 156. “that we may account thee a whoremaster and a k.” Tim. II, 2, 111. cf. also Troil. V, 4, 4 and Troil. V, 4, 4
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