1. an attendant or servant 2. a knight’s page 3. a rascal; a knave
This is another one from David Crystal’s book, Words, Words, Words. It’s not typically used anymore, except in children’s books that take place in the Medieval period. For some reason, the Oxford American Dictionary identifies only definition 3 as “archaic,” as if the other two definitions are in common use. Neither the American Heritage Dictionary nor Merriam-Webster identify any of the definitions as archaic. Makes me wonder.