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NOUN (2)

1. a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel;
[syn: rogue, knave, rascal, rapscallion, scalawag, scallywag, varlet]

2. in medieval times a youth acting as a knight's attendant as the first stage in training for knighthood;
[syn: page, varlet]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Varlet \Var"let\, n. [OF. varlet, vaslet, vallet, servant, young man, young noble, dim. of vassal. See Vassal, and cf. Valet.] [1913 Webster] 1. A servant, especially to a knight; an attendant; a valet; a footman. [Obs.] --Spenser. Tusser. [1913 Webster] 2. Hence, a low fellow; a scoundrel; a rascal; as, an impudent varlet. [1913 Webster] What a brazen-faced varlet art thou ! --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. In a pack of playing cards, the court card now called the knave, or jack. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]