- 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
- the remainder; the rest.
Origin of lave2
Examples from the Web for laves
I ain't like Kilduff, that laves his estate in th' hands iv an agint.Mr. Dooley in Peace and in War
Finley Peter Dunne
No, Jamie, he laves that t' the craithers who give 'im a livin'.
Luk now, how the laves is all spread out like wan wid spazzums.Two Little Savages
Ernest Thompson Seton
The left bank, That Rhone, when he hath mix'd with Sorga, laves.The Vision of Paradise, Complete
"Withero sometimes talks like a ha'penny book wi' no laves in it," she said.
- an archaic word for wash
Word Origin and History for laves
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").