Knave child, a male child. [Obs.] Chaucer.

Syn. — Villain; cheat; rascal; rogue; scoundrel; miscreant.

(Knav"er*y) n.; pl. Knaveries

1. The practices of a knave; petty villainy; fraud; trickery; a knavish action.

This is flat knavery, to take upon you another man's name.

2. pl. Roguish or mischievous tricks. Shak.

(Knave"ship), n. A small due, in meal, established by usage, which is paid to the under miller. [Scot.]

(Knav"ess) n. A knavish woman. Carlyle.

(Knav"ish), a.

1. Like or characteristic of a knave; given to knavery; trickish; fraudulent; dishonest; villainous; as, a knavish fellow, or a knavish trick. "Knavish politicians." Macaulay.

2. Mischievous; roguish; waggish.

Cupid is knavish lad,
Thus to make poor females mad.

(Knav"ish*ly), adv.

1. In a knavish manner; dishonestly; fraudulently. Holland.

2. Mischievously; waggishly; roguishly. "Knavishly witty." Gayton.

(Knav"ish*ness), n. The quality or state of being knavish; knavery; dishonesty.

(Knaw) v. t. See Gnaw. [Obs.] Sir T. More.

(Knaw"el) n. [Akin to G. knauelk, knäuel, prop., a ball of thread, coil. Cf. Clew.] (Bot.) A low, spreading weed common in sandy soil.

(Knead) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Kneaded; p. pr. & vb. n. Kneading.] [OE. kneden, As. cnedan; akin to D. kneden, G. kneten, Sw. knåda, Icel. knoða; cf. OSlav. gnesti.]

1. To work and press into a mass, usually with the hands; esp., to work, as by repeated pressure with the knuckles, into a well mixed mass, as the materials of bread, cake, etc.; as, to knead dough.

The kneading, the making of the cake, the heating of the oven, and the baking.

2. Fig.: To treat or form as by kneading; to beat.

I will knead him : I'll make him supple.

Kneading trough, a trough or tray in which dough is kneaded. Ex. viii. 3.

"How many serving lads must have been unfaithful and dishonest before knave -which meant at first no more than boy — acquired the meaning which it has now !" Trench.

4. A playing card marked with the figure of a servant or soldier; a jack.

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