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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-
diction.
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-
feat.

KNI’GHTLESS. adj.

KNI'GHTLESS. adj.

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.

KNE'ETRIBUTE. n.s.

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.

KI'SSINGCRUST. n.s.

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.