Definition of knaveship in US English:

knaveship

noun

  • 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.

Origin

Middle English; earliest use found in Facsimiles National MSS Scotland. From knave + -ship.

Pronunciation

knaveship

/ˈneɪvʃɪp/