Origin of English word KNAVE

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English Word

KNAVE

Edenic Word

GaNa[V]

Hebrew Word

גנב

Transliteration

Gimel-Noon-Bhet

Pronounciation

gun-AHV

Conversion

[GNV → KNV]

Roots

KNAVE is said to come from Old English cnafa, which may mean either a boy or a servant.

A KNAVE (dishonest person) is a גנב GaNa[V] (thief - Jeremiah20:26). The noun and verb form of Gimel-Noon-Bhet are seen at Exodus21:37 and 22:1.

Webster's traces KNAVE to Indo-European base gnobh (a stick, piece of wood).   ענף   GHaNaF is branch or bough (Ezekiel17:23).  For a more serious stealing, see KIDNAP.


Branches

Given the fact that Noon/N occasionally can shift to L, Greek kleptes (thief) and KLEPTOMANIAC may be related toGimel-Noon-Bhet. Kinav is to steal in Romany( Kalderash dialect).  GRAB may be more distantly related, while FINAG(LE) (to cheat) requires a reversal ofGimel-Noon-Bhet as GNF.

The opposite of a KNAVE is a KNIGHT, yet the given etymon for "Knight" is similar - Anglo-Saxon cniht (boy, retainer, servant). Simon Perlman's Hebrew etymon for KNIGHT is the youthful but more dignified  K[H]aNeeYKH (pupil, apprentice). The verb "to knight" may be heard in Hebrew words like  K[H]aNaKH (to educate, inaugurate) and (HeeT)K[H]aNaiKH (to be dedicated). The Indo-European base of KNIGHT is said to be "gen, as in knife."  K[H]aN(eeYT) is a dagger.


Related Words

THIEF



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