Knave vs Plowboy - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between knave and plowboy
is that knave
is (archaic) a boy; especially, a boy servant while plowboy
is a boy plower, a boy who plows.
(archaic) A boy; especially, a boy servant.
(archaic) Any male servant; a menial.
A tricky, deceitful fellow; a dishonest person; a rogue; a villain.
*:I had never defrauded a man of a farthing, nor called him knave behind his back. But now the last rag that covered my nakedness had been torn from me. I was branded a blackleg, card-sharper, and murderer.
*1977 , (Geoffrey Chaucer), (The Canterbury Tales) , Penguin Classics, p. 204:
*:God's bones! Whenever I go to beat those knaves / my tapsters, out she [my wife] comes with clubs and staves, / "Go on!" she screams — and its a caterwaul — / "You kill those dogs! Break back and bones and all!"
(cards) A playing card marked with the figure of a servant or soldier; a jack.
* See also
* ploughboy (British)
A boy plower, a boy who plows.
A knave who helps the plowman by driving the draught animals in front of the plow.