Varlet

[v_ˈɑː_l_ə_t], [vˈɑːlət], [vˈɑːlət]

Definitions of varlet:

  1.   A servant or footman; a scoundrel; a rascal.
  2.   in medieval times a youth acting as a knight's attendant as the first stage in training for knighthood
  3.   Formerly, a servant, footman, or page; a scoundrel.
  4.   In a pack of playing cards, the court card now called the knave, or jack.
  5.   Anciently, a page; a knight or a gentleman's attendant; now a low fellow; a scoundrel; a rascal.
  6.   a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel
  7.   A low menial; formerly, a page.
  8.   A footman; servant; knave.
  9.   Hence, a low fellow; a scoundrel; a rascal; as, an impudent varlet.
  10.   A footman: a low fellow: a scoundrel.
  11.   A servant, especially to a knight; an attendant; a valet; a footman.

Antonyms for varlet:

monkey, mischief, dove, hero, lamb, saint, rapscallion, sheep, rascal, scamp, angel, innocent, hellion.


Usage examples for varlet:

  1. But to Sir Damas he said sternly: " Ye are a mean- spirited varlet unworthy of the degree of knighthood. ” – Stories from Le Morte D'Arthur and the Mabinogion by Beatrice Clay
  2. Though strange circumstance hath made me the servant and emissary of Margaret, think not that I am but the varlet of the great. ” – The Last Of The Barons, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  3. Thou a disobedient varlet Treat thy mother like a harlot! ” – Specimens with Memoirs of the Less-known British Poets, Vol. 3 by George Gilfillan
  4. Thus fortified, he called for his horse, and announced his intention of seeing Squire Meredith " about that damned impertinent varlet – Janice Meredith by Paul Leicester Ford
  5. Pox on me for a puppy, a fool, a blockhead, a clumsy varlet a mere Jack Belford! ” – Clarissa, Volume 4 (of 9) History Of A Young Lady by Samuel Richardson
  6. The archers were 15, 000, all on horseback; besides a great number of footmen, and others to pitch the tents and pavilions, take care of the artillery, and inclose the camp; and there was not one varlet in the whole army. ” –  by
  7. Monsieur will call at the chateau in the morning"- the complacent varlet prophesied-" as early as it will be polite. ” – The Guest of Quesnay by Booth Tarkington
  8. Some say that it was forced open by order of the Duke of Burgundy, while others affirm that Caboche, and that mischievous varlet John de Troyes, went in great haste to the duke when they received the news, that he declared to them that he knew nothing whatever of the affair, and that whatever was done was certainly done without his orders. ” – At Agincourt by G. A. Henty
  9. Since he discovered that this young man had the daring to love me, he has filled my lord with bitter anger, and has aroused such jealousy of me, that in nowise do I dare speak to any one alone, and wheresoe'er I am, there the varlet must be, and I have him ever at my heels, for he is set to keep watch on me. ” – The Book of the Duke of True Lovers by Christiné de Pisan
  10. The varlet by way of comfort, wept too: yet her tears, as he might have observed, were tears that indicated rather a yielding than a perverse temper. ” – Clarissa, Volume 5 (of 9) by Samuel Richardson
  11. He writes thus, in one of his official despatches: I write not the names of each particular varlet that hath died since I arrived, as well by the ordinary course of the law, as of the martial law, as flat fighting with them, when they would take food without the good will of the giver, for I think it no stuff worthy the loading of my letters with; but I do assure you the number of them is great, and some of the best, and the rest tremble. ” – An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800 by Mary Frances Cusack
  12. But the varlet to argue with me! ” – Clarissa, Volume 5 (of 9) by Samuel Richardson
  13. The varlet answered, I know little of my father. ” – French Mediaeval Romances from the Lays of Marie de France by Marie de France
  14. “ " You ought to be ashamed of yourself," said I. " I make many allowances for your lack of knowledge of our Western customs, but for a young lady to flirt with an ugly red- headed varlet of the lower orders is reprehensible all the world over." ” – The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne by William J. Locke
  15. “ To the stalls men led away the steeds; many a varlet they had, who served them well with zeal in every service. ” – The Nibelungenlied by Unknown
  16. And thou, sir varlet art my brother." ” – Old French Romances by William Morris
  17. “ Gugemar called to him by name, so that the varlet looking upon him, knew again his lord. ” – French Mediaeval Romances from the Lays of Marie de France by Marie de France
  18. Now the king's messengers, who were in quest of such a sireless man, when they heard this bitter jibe of the varlet asked of those around concerning the youth who had never seen his sire. ” – Arthurian Chronicles: Roman de Brut by Wace
  19. Shall I ever submit to that varlet again? ” – With Rimington by L. March Phillipps
  20. “ " Follow me," the varlet said, and led the way upstairs and through several corridors, then he motioned to him to wait, and entered a room. ” – At Agincourt by G. A. Henty

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