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  1. simple past tense of drive.


  1. a number of oxen, sheep, or swine driven in a group; herd; flock.
  2. Usually droves. a large crowd of human beings, especially in motion: They came to Yankee Stadium in droves.
  3. Also called drove chisel. Masonry. a chisel, from 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 cm) broad at the edge, for dressing stones to an approximately true surface.
verb (used with or without object), droved, drov·ing.
  1. to drive or deal in (cattle) as a drover; herd.
  2. Masonry. to work or smooth (stone) as with a drove.

Origin of drove2

before 950; Middle English; Old English drāf that which is driven, i.e., herd, flock; akin to drive


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1. See flock1.
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British Dictionary definitions for droved


  1. the past tense of drive


  1. a herd of livestock being driven together
  2. (often plural) a moving crowd of people
  3. a narrow irrigation channel
  4. Also called: drove chisel a chisel with a broad edge used for dressing stone
    1. (tr)to drive (a group of livestock), usually for a considerable distance
    2. (intr)to be employed as a drover
  1. to work (a stone surface) with a drove

Word Origin

Old English drāf herd; related to Middle Low German drēfwech cattle pasture; see drive, drift
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Word Origin and History for droved



Old English draf "beasts driven in a body, road along which cattle are driven," originally "act of driving," from drifan "to drive" (see drive (v.)).


Old English draf, past tense and obsolete past participle of drive (v.).

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