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rover1

[roh-ver]
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noun
  1. a person who roves; wanderer.
  2. Archery.
    1. a mark selected at random, as in a competition between two archers wandering over a specified area.
    2. one of a group of fixed marks at a long distance.
    3. an archer who shoots at such a mark.
  3. Croquet. a ball that has been driven through all the arches and needs only to strike the last peg to be out of the game.
  4. British.
    1. (at concerts or the like) a person who has a ticket for standing room only.
    2. a senior boy scout, 18 years of age or older.
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Origin of rover1

First recorded in 1490–1500; rove1 + -er1

rover2

[roh-ver]
noun
  1. a pirate.
  2. Obsolete. a pirate ship.
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Origin of rover2

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle Dutch or Middle Low German: robber, equivalent to roven to rob, reave1 + -er -er1

rover3

[roh-ver]
noun
  1. a roving or routing machine.
  2. a roving-machine operator.
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Origin of rover3

First recorded in 1735–45; rove3 + -er1

Rover

[roh-ver]
noun
  1. a familiar name for a dog.
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British Dictionary definitions for rover

rover1

noun
  1. a person who roves; wanderer
  2. archery a mark selected at random for use as a target
  3. croquet a ball that has been driven through all the hoops but has not yet hit the winning peg
  4. Australian rules football one of the three players in the ruck, usually smaller than the other two, selected for his agility in play
  5. a small remote-controlled vehicle which roams over rough, esp extraterrestrial, terrain taking photographs, gathering rock and soil samples, etc
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Word Origin

C15: from rove 1

rover2

noun
  1. a pirate or pirate ship
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Word Origin

C14: probably from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German, from roven to rob

rover3

noun
  1. a machine for roving wool, cotton, etc, or a person who operates such a machine
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Word Origin

C18: from rove ²

Rover

Rover Scout

noun
  1. British the former name for Venture Scout
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Word Origin and History for rover

n.

late 14c., "sea-robber, pirate," from Middle Dutch rover "robber, predator, plunderer," especially in zeerovere "pirate," literally "sea-robber," from roven "to rob," from Middle Dutch roof "spoil, plunder," related to Old English reaf "spoil, plunder," reafian "to reave" (see reave (v.)). Meaning "remote-controlled surface vehicle" is from 1970.

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