from The Century Dictionary.
- In a knavish manner.
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- adverb In a knavish manner; dishonestly; fraudulently.
- adverb Mischievously; waggishly; roguishly.
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- adverb In a
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- adverb in an artful manner
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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 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.'
So the Music-hall Muse "winks" knowingly, and knavishly, at her audience, and her audience "laugh heartily," in Jovian guffaws, at her winks.
"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."
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.
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.
He smiled knavishly, with an expression of scorn, as if rejoicing over the inferiority in which dwells the woman of the fields.
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.
There is no reason to suppose that he knavishly invented stories about it.
Katie, might well be a child knavishly kidnapped from some noble house.