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KNUFF. n.s.

KNUFF. n.s.

KNUFF. n.s. [perhaps corrupted from knave, or the same with
chuff.] A lout. An old word preserved in a rhyme of pre-
The country knuffs, Hob, Dick, and Hick,
With clubs and clouted shoon,
Shall fill up Dussendale
With slaughtered bodies soon. Hayward.

To KNU’CKLE. v.n.

To KNU'CKLE. v.n.

To KNU’CKLE. v.n. [from the noun.] To submit: I suppose
from an odd custom of striking the under side of the table
with the knuckles, in confession of an argumental de-



KNI’GHTLESS. adj. [from knight.] Unbecoming a knight. Obsolete.
Arise, thou cursed miscreant,
That hast with knightless guile, and treacherous train,
Fair knighthood foully shamed. Fairy Queen.

KNIGHT Errantry

KNIGHT Errantry.

KNIGHT Errantry. [from knight errant.] The character or
manners of wandering knights.
That which with the vulgar passes for courage is a brutish
sort of knight errantry, seeking out needless encounters. Norris.



KNE’ETRIBUTE. n.s. [knee and tribute.] Genuflection; wor-
ship or obeisance shown by kneeling.
Receive from us
Kneetribute yet unpaid, prostration vile. Milton.

KNA’VISH. adj.

KNA'VISH. adj.

KNA’VISH. adj. [from knave.]
I. Dishonest; wicked; fraudulent.
‘Tis foolish to conceal it at all, and knavish to do it from
friends.  Pope’s Letters.
2. Waggish; mischievous.
Here she comes curst and sad;
Cupid is a knavish lad,
Thus to make poor females mad.  Shakesp.



KI’SSINGCRUST. n.s. [kissing and crust.] Crust formed where
one loaf in the oven touches another.
These bak’d him kissingcrusts, and those
brought him small beer.  King’s Cookery.

KINE. n.s.

KINE. n.s.

KINE. n.s. plur. from cow.
To milk the kine,
E’er the milk-maid fine
Hath open’d her eyne.  Ben. Johnson.
A field I went, amid’ the morning dew,
To milk my kineGay.

KI’MBO. adj.

KI'MBO. adj.

KI’MBO. adj. [a schembo, Italian.] Crooked; bent; arched.
The kimbo handles seem with bears-foot crv’d,
And never yet to table have been serv’d.  Dryden’s Virgil.
He observed them edging towards one another to whisper;
so that John was forced to sit with his arms a kimbo, to keep
them asunder. Arbuthnot’s History of John Bull.


KI'CKSHAW. n.s. 1

KI’CKSHAW. n.s. [This word is supposed, I think with truth,
to be only a corruption of quelque chose, something; yet Milton
seems to have understood it otherwise; for he writes it kick-
shoe, and seems to think it used in contempt of dancing.]
I. Something uncommon; fantastical; something ridiculous.
Shall we need the monsieurs of Paris to take our hopeful
youth into their flight and prodigal custodies, and send them
over back again transformed into mimicks, apes, and kick
shoes?     Milton.
2. A dish so changed by the cookery that it can scarcely be
Some pigeons, a couple of short-legged hens, a joint of
mutton, and any pretty little tiny kickshawsShakes. H. IV.
In wit, as well as war, they give us vigour;
Cressy was lost by kickshaws and soup-meagre. Fenton.