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 for knave
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Knave \Knave\ (n[=a]v), n. [OE., boy, servant, knave, AS. cnafa
     boy, youth; cf. AS. cnapa boy, youth, D. knaap, G. knabe boy,
     knappe esquire, Icel. knapi, Sw. knape esquire, kn[aum]fvel
     1. A boy; especially, a boy servant. [Obs.] --Wyclif.
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              O murderous slumber,
              Lay'st thou thy leaden mace upon my boy
              That plays thee music ? Gentle knave, good night.
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     2. Any male servant; a menial. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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              He's but Fortune's knave,
              A minister of her will.               --Shak.
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     3. A tricky, deceitful fellow; a dishonest person; a rogue; a
        villain. "A pair of crafty knaves." --Shak.
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              In defiance of demonstration, knaves will continue
              to proselyte fools.                   --Ames.
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     Note: "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 !"
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     4. A playing card marked with the figure of a servant or
        soldier; a jack; as, the knave of hearts.
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     Knave child, a male child. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
     Syn: Villain; cheat; rascal; rogue; scoundrel; miscreant.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Varlet \Var"let\, n. [OF. varlet, vaslet, vallet, servant, young
     man, young noble, dim. of vassal. See Vassal, and cf.
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     1. A servant, especially to a knight; an attendant; a valet;
        a footman. [Obs.] --Spenser. Tusser.
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     2. Hence, a low fellow; a scoundrel; a rascal; as, an
        impudent varlet.
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              What a brazen-faced varlet art thou ! --Shak.
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     3. In a pack of playing cards, the court card now called the
        knave, or jack. [Obs.]
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel [syn: rogue,
           knave, rascal, rapscallion, scalawag, scallywag,
      2: one of four face cards in a deck bearing a picture of a young
         prince [syn: jack, knave]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  77 Moby Thesaurus words for "knave":
     ace, bad boy, bastard, best bower, blackguard, booger, bower,
     buffoon, bugger, cards, clubs, cutup, deck, deuce, devil, diamonds,
     dummy, elf, enfant terrible, face cards, flush, full house,
     funmaker, hand, hearts, heel, hood, hoodlum, hooligan, imp, jack,
     joker, jokester, king, left bower, little devil, little monkey,
     little rascal, lowlife, minx, mischief, mischief-maker, miscreant,
     pack, pair, picture cards, pixie, playing cards, practical joker,
     prankster, precious rascal, puck, queen, rapscallion, rascal,
     rogue, round, rowdy, royal flush, rubber, ruff, ruffian, scalawag,
     scamp, scapegrace, scoundrel, shyster, singleton, sneak, spades,
     spalpeen, straight, trey, trick, trump, villain, wag

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  KNAVE. A false, dishonest, or deceitful person. This signification of the 
  word has arisen by a long perversion of its original meaning. 
       2. To call a man a knave has been held to be actionable. 1 Rolle's Ab. 
  52; 1 Freem. 277., 

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