Definition of knavish:
silken, chancy, clever, catchy, cute, slippery, pat, guileful, ingenious, satiny, foxy, silky, cunning, artful, slick, dicey, fraudulent, dodgy, dishonest, sly, sleek, conniving, crafty, wily, glib, tricky, silklike, chanceful, untrustworthy, tricksy.
For this the Jacksonians were solely and absolutely responsible; they drove out the merit system of making appointments, and introduced the " spoils" system in its place; and under the latter they chose a peculiarly dishonest and incapable set of officers, whose sole recommendation was to be found in the knavish trickery and low cunning that enabled them to manage the ignorant voters who formed the backbone of Jackson's party.- "Thomas Hart Benton", Theodore Roosevelt.
- "Twelve Causes of Dishonesty", Henry Ward Beecher.
- "The Works of Aphra Behn, Vol. I (of 6)", Aphra Behn.