- to wash; bathe.
- (of a river, sea, etc.) to flow along, against, or past; wash.
- Obsolete. to ladle; pour or dip with a ladle.
- Archaic. to bathe.
Origin of lave1
Examples from the Web for laved
The true expectorator is within, laved in his own home-made suds.My Studio Neighbors
William Hamilton Gibson
Among other things, the bones of the king's mother are laved with human blood.The Right of American Slavery
True Worthy Hoit
When we got back to camp, Dorothea laved the burns for me with cool milk.Tracks of a Rolling Stone
Henry J. Coke
On the under side the fore wings are buff, laved with reddish at the base.
On the under side the fore wings are pink, laved with buff at the tip.
- an archaic word for wash
Word Origin and History for laved
c.1200, from Old English gelafian "wash by pouring, pour (water)," possibly an early English or West Germanic borrowing (cf. Dutch laven, German laben) of Latin lavare "to wash," or its Old French descendant, laver. Latin lavare is from PIE *leu(e)- "to wash" (cf. Latin luere "to wash," Greek louein "to wash, bathe," Old Irish loathar "basin," Breton laouer "trough," Old English leaþor "lather").