Definitions

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  • adv. In a knavish manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a knavish manner; dishonestly; fraudulently.
  • adv. Mischievously; waggishly; roguishly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a knavish manner.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in an artful manner

Etymologies

knavish +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Greatly did the Ladies commend Madame Philomenaes Novell, laughing heartily at poore Calandrino, yet grieving withall, that he should be so knavishly cheated, not onely of his Brawne, but two couple of Capons, and a Flaggon of Wine beside.

    The Decameron

  • So the Music-hall Muse "winks" knowingly, and knavishly, at her audience, and her audience "laugh heartily," in Jovian guffaws, at her winks.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 101, October 24, 1891

  • "Ah!" said the ferryman, "if they call that doing good, or acting honestly, to cheat a hard-working poor fellow out of the reward of his labour, I do not know what bad means, or what it is to act knavishly."

    Folk-lore and Legends: German

  • The young hopeful pupil, 'being knavishly inclined,' and not less quick in the execution of practical jokes than in spying out human weaknesses, had no difficulty in understanding his tutor's bent, and succeeded in making Jonson 'dead drunk.'

    Shakspere and Montaigne

  • Round this the mob hedged: the Dalesmen in front, striving knavishly back and bawling to those behind to leggo that shovin '; and these latter urging valorously forward, yelling jeers and contumely at the front rank.

    Bob, Son of Battle

  • Lordships will take care, that immediate orders be sent to Antegoa to secure Bolton, who must have plaid the Knave egregiously; for he could not but know that Kidd came knavishly by that Ship and Goods.

    Privateering and Piracy in the Colonial Period Illustrative Documents

  • He smiled knavishly, with an expression of scorn, as if rejoicing over the inferiority in which dwells the woman of the fields.

    The Dead Command From the Spanish Los Muertos Mandan

  • After this simple but not surprising will he called for his stole and anathematized all who should knavishly keep back, or violently carry off, any of his goods, or otherwise frustrate his executors.

    Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln A Short Story of One of the Makers of Mediaeval England

  • There is no reason to suppose that he knavishly invented stories about it.

    Sir Walter Ralegh A Biography

  • Katie, might well be a child knavishly kidnapped from some noble house.

    Complete Project Gutenberg Georg Ebers Works

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