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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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  • reivers related briefly that he had been ill and had been cared for at the MacGregor cabin.

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  • They were the greatest of reivers on both sides of the Border.

  • Toppys rage suddenly swerved from reivers to the men who were trying to kick the life out of him.

    The Snow-Burner Henry Oyen
  • If you dont make goodwell, youll have to explain to reivers, thats all.

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  • Apparently she had given her uncle orders likewise to refrain from talking to reivers, for not a word did he speak during the day.

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  • Somehow he had the sensation that reivers will and his own had leaped to a grapple.

    The Snow-Burner Henry Oyen
  • Next morning when she came to feed him reivers angrily reached for the bowl.

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

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  • Mr. reivers is a remarkable man, said Campbell, shaking his head.

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  • She had called him a decent boy; she spoke of reivers as a gentleman.

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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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