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[reev] /riv/
verb (used with or without object), reived, reiving. Chiefly Scot.
to rob; plunder.
Origin of reive
First recorded in 1860-65; variant of reave1
Related forms
reiver, noun Unabridged
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  • They were the greatest of reivers on both sides of the Border.

  • The reivers burst through the lines, and changed the fate of Hawksglen.

    The Mosstrooper Robert Scott Fittis
  • Then came the reivers of Kernsberg and burned the castle to the ground.

    Joan of the Sword Hand S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett
  • This, of course, was not true of all the reivers on the Borders.

    Border Raids and Reivers Robert Borland
  • In no circumstances were the Border reivers easily intimidated.

    Border Raids and Reivers Robert Borland
  • Somehow he had the sensation that reivers will and his own had leaped to a grapple.

    The Snow-Burner Henry Oyen
  • reivers is a great man who worships after strange gods, he said solemnly.

    The Snow-Burner Henry Oyen
  • Ill give you Davis on Fractures to read up on, said reivers with a laugh.

    The Snow-Burner Henry Oyen
  • Mr. reivers is a gentleman and can be depended upon to keep his word.

    The Snow-Burner Henry Oyen
  • She had called him a decent boy; she spoke of reivers as a gentleman.

    The Snow-Burner Henry Oyen
British Dictionary definitions for reivers


(intransitive) (Scot & Northern English, dialect) to go on a plundering raid
Derived Forms
reiver, noun
Word Origin
variant of reave1
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