from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Obsequious; fawning; cringing.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Bending the knee as in reverence; humble; servile.
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“Better than any idol-worshipping, knee-crooking fool of a—”
The Norman said nothing, but he did what the bystanders considered rather surprising in a knee-crooking Frenchman.
A bunch of pathetic hireling "knee-crooking knaves" as Shakespeare would say.
You shall mark Many a duteous and knee-crooking knave,