- Usually eaves. the overhanging lower edge of a roof.
- Often eaves. the overhanging edge of anything, as a hat.
Origin of eave
Examples from the Web for eaves
All the writing is done at home, in my bedroom, up under the eaves of the house.How I Write: Jane Goodall
April 9, 2014
Eaves, who has been a cruise passenger in the past, says it is his “duty to the future” to be a catalyst for change.How Much Are the ‘Costa Concordia’ Passengers Entitled to Win—and Who Is Accountable for the Shipwreck?
Barbie Latza Nadeau
February 8, 2012
You can feel your heart drop, drop, like water off the eaves.Meadow Grass
Square and small and high stood the tower, as high as the church's eaves.
It had a dormer window, at no great distance above the eaves.
It reached a little above the eaves, right under the dormer window.
Deep under the eaves I could make out row after row of boxes and chests.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
- the edge of a roof that projects beyond the wall
Word Origin and History for eaves
1570s, from Southwest Midlands dialectal eovese (singular), from Old English efes "edge of a roof," also "edge of a forest," from Proto-Germanic *ubaswa-/*ubiswa (cf. Old Frisian ose "eaves," Old High German obasa "porch, hall, roof," German Obsen, Old Norse ups, Gothic ubizwa "porch;" German oben "above"), from the root of over. Treated as plural and a new singular form eave emerged 16c.