- to rob; plunder.
Origin of reive
First recorded in 1860–65; variant of reave1
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Examples from the Web for reiver
Surmounting the wall, I approached the spot where I had seen the reiver first.Border Ghost Stories
There was nothing good about Mrs. Reiver, unless it was her dress.
There was no honesty about Mrs. Reiver; nothing but selfishness.
Because Mrs. Reiver was cold and hard, he said she was stately and dignified.
He learned to fetch and carry like a dog, and to wait like one, too, for a word from Mrs. Reiver.
- (intr) Scot and Northern English dialect to go on a plundering raid
variant of reave 1
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