Knave vs Plowboy - What's the difference?

knave | plowboy |

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.




(en noun)
  • (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.
  • Synonyms

    * See also

    Derived terms

    * knavery * knavish



    Alternative forms

    * ploughboy (British)


    (en noun)
  • A boy plower, a boy who plows.
  • A knave who helps the plowman by driving the draught animals in front of the plow.