Etymology
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varlet (n.)

mid-15c., "servant, attendant of a knight," from Old French varlet (14c.), variant of vaslet, originally "squire, young man," from Old French vassal (see vassal). The meaning "rascal, rogue" is 1540s.

updated on December 07, 2020

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Definitions of varlet from WordNet

varlet (n.)
a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel;
Synonyms: rogue / knave / rascal / rapscallion / scalawag / scallywag
varlet (n.)
in medieval times a youth acting as a knight's attendant as the first stage in training for knighthood;
Synonyms: page
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