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1Scottish. In the system of thirlage: a small quantity of grain or meal payable to a miller's servant as a sequel, levied on each lot of corn ground at the mill. Also: †the position of miller's servant or assistant (obsolete). Compare "knave". Now historical.
2With possessive adjective: a mock title given to a knavish person.
Middle English; earliest use found in Facsimiles National MSS Scotland. From knave + -ship.
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