knave (n.) Old form(s): knaue , Knaues
scoundrel, rascal, rogue
1H4 II.i.98[Gadshill to Chamberlain] Farewell, you muddy knave
1H4 III.iii.119[Hostess to Falstaff, of his calling her a ‘thing’] thou art a knave to call me so
2H4 I.ii.35[Falstaff to Page, of the tailor] A rascally yea-forsooth knave
2H4 II.i.36[Hostess to Fang and Snare, of Falstaff's behaviour] There is no honesty in such dealing, unless a woman should be made an ass, and a beast, to bear every knave's wrong
2H4 V.i.28[Shallow to Davy, of Falstaff's men] they are arrant knaves, and will backbite
2H4 V.iii.64[Shallow to Bardolph, of Davy] The knave will stick by thee
2H4 V.iv.1[Hostess to First Beadle] thou arrant knave!
2H6 I.ii.100[Hume alone] They say ‘A crafty knave does need no broker’
2H6 I.iii.21[Suffolk to Second Petitioner] How now, sir knave!
2H6 II.i.103[Gloucester to all, of Simpcox] A subtle knave!
2H6 II.i.124[Gloucester to Simpcox] sit there, the lyingest knave in Christendom
2H6 II.iii.86[Horner to all, of Peter] I am come hither ... to prove him a knave and myself an honest man
2H6 II.iii.91[York to all, of Horner] Dispatch; this knave's tongue begins to double
AC I.ii.74[Iras as if to Isis, of Alexas] it is a deadly sorrow to behold a foul knave uncuckolded
AC I.iv.21[Caesar to Lepidus, of Antony] Let's grant it is not / Amiss ... [to] stand the buffet / With knaves that smells of sweat
AC II.v.102[Cleopatra to Messenger, of Antony] O, that his fault should make a knave of thee
AW I.iii.8[Countess to Steward, of the Clown] What does this knave here?
AW II.ii.25[Clown to Countess] as a scolding quean to a wrangling knave
AW II.iii.262[Lafew to Parolles] You are not worth another word, else I'd call you knave
AW II.iv.27[Parolles to Clown] Away! Th'art a knave
AW III.v.16[Mariana to Widow, of Parolles] I know that knave, hang him!
AW III.v.81[Diana to Helena, of Parolles and Bertram] Yond's that same knave / That leads him to these places
AW IV.iii.101[Second Lord to Bertram, of Parolles] Has sat i'th'stocks all night, poor gallant knave
AW IV.v.16[Lafew to Clown] They are not herbs, you knave, they are nose-herbs
AW IV.v.61[Lafew to Countess, of the Clown] A shrewd knave and an unhappy
AW V.ii.23[Clown to Lafew, of Parolles] he looks like a poor, decayed, ingenious, foolish, rascally knave
AW V.ii.47[Lafew to Parolles] Out upon thee, knave!
AW V.iii.249[King to Parolles, responding to his equivocation ‘He loved her, sir, and loved her not’] As thou art a knave and no knave
AYL I.ii.70[Touchstone to Rosalind and Celia] swear by your beards that I am a knave
AYL III.ii.288[Rosalind as Ganymede to Celia as Aliena, of Orlando] I will speak to him like a saucy lackey, and under that habit play the knave with him
AYL III.iii.97[Sir Oliver alone] ne'er a fantastical knave of them all shall flout me out of my calling
CE I.ii.72[Antipholus of Syracuse to Dromio of Ephesus] Come on, sir knave, have done your foolishness
CE III.i.64[Adriana to Antipholus of Ephesus] Your wife, sir knave? Go get you from the door
Cor II.i.74[Menenius to Brutus and Sicinius, of the people they represent] All the peace you make in their cause is calling both the parties knaves
Cor III.ii.115[Coriolanus to all] The smiles of knaves / Tent in my cheeks
Cor III.iii.33[Coriolanus to all] an ostler, that for th'poorest piece / Will bear the knave by th'volume [i.e. for a small tip will put up with being called a rogue any number of times]
Cym I.vi.75.2[Queen alone, of Pisanio] A sly and constant knave
H5 III.ii.119[Macmillan to all, of his nation] Ish a villain, and a bastard, and a knave, and a rascal
H5 IV.viii.34[Fluellen to King Henry, of Williams] what an arrant, rascally, beggarly, lousy knave it is
H5 V.i.6[Fluellen to Gower] the rascally, scauld, beggarly, lousy, pragging knave, Pistol
H5 V.i.66[Gower to Pistol] Go, go, you are a counterfeit cowardly knave
H8 V.i.132[King Henry to all] At what ease / Might corrupt minds procure knaves as corrupt / To swear against you?
H8 V.iv.69[Lord Chamberlain] Where are these porters, / These lazy knaves?
Ham I.v.124[Hamlet to Horatio] There's never a villain dwelling in all Denmark-- / But he's an arrant knave
JC I.i.15[Flavius to Cobbler] What trade, thou knave? Thou naughty knave, what trade?
KJ I.i.243[Lady Faulconbridge to Bastard] What means this scorn, thou most untoward knave?
KL I.ii.122[Edmund alone] we make guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, and stars, as if we were villains on necessity, fools by heavenly compulsion, knaves, thieves
KL I.iv.311[Gonerill to Fool] You, sir, more knave than fool, after your master!
KL I.iv.79[Lear to Oswald, of what he has said] ‘My lady's father’, my lord's knave!
KL II.ii.124[Cornwall to Kent] You stubborn ancient knave
KL II.ii.13[disguised Kent, to and of Oswald] A knave, a rascal, an eater of broken meats
KL II.ii.67[Cornwall to disguised Kent] You beastly knave, know you no reverence?
KL II.ii.86[Kent to Cornwall, of Oswald] No contraries hold more antipathy / Than I and such a knave
KL II.ii.99[Cornwall to all, of disguised Kent] These kind of knaves I know, which in this plainness / Harbour more craft
KL II.iv.73[Fool to disguised Kent, of a fool's counsel] I would ha' none but knaves use it
MA III.iii.30[Dogberry to Second Watchman] thank God you are rid of a knave
MA III.v.30[Verges to Leonato] our watch tonight ... ha' ta'en a couple of as arrant knaves as any in Messina
MA IV.ii.21[Dogberry to Conrade and Borachio] you are little better than false knaves
MA IV.ii.28[Dogberry to Conrade and Borachio] I say to you, it is thought you are false knaves
MA V.i.209[Dogberry to Don Pedro, of Conrade and Borachio] they are lying knaves
MA V.i.307[Dogberry to Leonato] I leave an arrant knave with your worship
MM II.i.224[Pompey to Escalus] If your worship will take order for the drabs and the knaves, you need not to fear the bawds
MM V.i.350[Lucio to disguised Duke] Show your knave's visage, with a pox to you
MM V.i.353[Duke to Lucio] Thou art the first knave that e'er mad'st a duke
MV II.iii.12[Launcelot to Jessica] If a Christian did not play the knave and get thee, I am much deceived
MW I.i.170[Slender to all] If I be drunk, I'll be drunk with those that have the fear of God, and not with drunken knaves
MW I.iv.53[Caius to Mistress Quickly] Vere is dat knave Rugby? [or: sense 2]
MW II.i.158[Ford to Page, of Pistol] You heard what this knave told me, did you not?
MW II.ii.253[Falstaff to Ford as Brook, of Ford] the jealous rascally knave
MW II.ii.257[Falstaff to Ford as Brook, of Ford] Hang him, poor cuckoldy knave!
MW II.ii.270[Falstaff to Ford as Brook, of Ford] Ford's a knave, and I will aggravate his style
MW III.i.14[Evans alone, of Caius] I will knog his urinals about his knave's costard when I have good opportunities
MW III.i.62[Evans to Page, of Caius] he is a knave besides, a cowardly knave as you would desires to be acquainted withal
MW III.i.80[Evans to Caius] I will knog your urinals about your knave's cogscombs for missing your meetings and appointments
MW III.iii.187[Ford to all, of Falstaff] Maybe the knave bragged of that he could not compass
MW III.iii.225[Evans to Caius] remembrance tomorrow on the lousy knave, mine host
MW III.v.92[Falstaff to Ford as Brook, of the servants] They took me on their shoulders, met the jealous knave their master in the door
MW IV.v.110[Falstaff to Mistress Quickly] the knave constable had set me i'th' stocks [or: adjective use]
MW V.i.16[Falstaff to Ford as Brook] That same knave Ford ... hath the finest mad devil of jealousy in him
MW V.v.110[Ford to Falstaff] Falstaff's a knave, a cuckoldy knave
Oth II.i.231[Iago to Roderigo, of Cassio] a knave very voluble
Oth II.i.238[Iago to Roderigo, of Cassio] a devilish knave! Besides, the knave is handsome
Oth II.iii.142[Cassio to Roderigo] A knave teach me my duty? I'll beat the knave into a twiggen bottle
Oth III.iii.120[Othello to Iago] a false disloyal knave
Oth IV.i.25[Iago to Othello, of certain men] as knaves be such abroad
Oth IV.ii.138[Emilia to Desdemona and Iago] The Moor's abused by some most villainous knave
Per II.i.57[Second Fisherman to Pericles] What a drunken knave was the sea to cast thee in our way!
RJ II.iv.150[Nurse to Romeo, of Mercutio] Scurvy knave!
RJ II.iv.152[Nurse to Peter] thou must stand by too, and suffer every knave to use me at his pleasure!
RJ IV.v.142[First Musician to Second Musician, of Peter] What a pestilent knave is this same!
TC V.i.85[Thersites alone] Diomed's a false-hearted rogue, a most unjust knave
TC V.iv.28[Thersites to Hector] I am a rascal, a scurvy railing knave, a very filthy rogue
Tem II.i.171[Antonio aside to Sebastian, of the subjects in Gonzalo's kingdom] all idle: whores and knaves
Tem V.i.268[Prospero to all, of Caliban] This misshapen knave
TG III.i.262[Launce alone] I have the wit to think my master is a kind of a knave; but that's all one if he be but one knave
Tim I.i.184[Apemantus to Timon, of the Athenians] When ... these knaves [are] honest
Tim I.i.253[Apemantus to himself, of the Athenians] That there should be small love amongst these sweet knaves, / And all this courtesy!
Tim I.i.265[Apemantus to Second Lord, of dining at Timon's] to see meat fill knaves and wine heat fools
Tim II.ii.108[Apemantus to Varro's Servant] we may account thee a whoremaster and a knave
Tim III.iv.118[Timon to Flavius] let in the tide / Of knaves once more
Tim III.iv.60[Flavius to Servants] you serve knaves
Tim IV.iii.217[Apemantus to Timon] Thou gavest thine ears, like tapsters that bade welcome, / To knaves and all approachers
Tim IV.iii.239.3[Timon to and of Apemantus] What, a knave too?
Tim IV.iii.277[Timon to Apemantus] If thou hadst not been born the worst of men, / Thou hadst been a knave and flatterer
Tim IV.iii.481[Timon to Flavius] All I kept were knaves, to serve in meat to villains [or: sense 2]
Tim V.i.91[Timon to Poet and Painter] There's never a one of you but trusts a knave / That mightily deceives you
TN II.iii.62[Sir Andrew to Feste and Sir Toby] Let our catch be ‘Thou knave’
TN V.i.204[Sir Toby to and of Sir Andrew] An asshead, and a coxcomb, and a knave--a thin-faced knave, a gull!
TN V.i.392[Feste singing] 'Gainst knaves and thieves men shut their gate
TS I.ii.109[Grumio to Hortensio, of Katherina and Petruchio] She may perhaps call him half a score knaves or so
TS I.ii.12[Petruchio to Grumio] rap me well, or I'll knock your knave's pate
TS III.i.45[Hortensio as Licio to Lucentio as Cambio] The bass is right, 'tis the base knave that jars
TS IV.i.143[Petruchio to Katherina, of the Servant] A whoreson, beetle-headed, flap-eared knave!
TS V.i.83[Tranio as Lucentio to an Officer, of Vincentio] Carry this mad knave to the gaol
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