- a small indentation or recess in the shoreline of a sea, lake, or river.
- a sheltered nook.
- a hollow or recess in a mountain; cave; cavern.
- a narrow pass between woods or hills.
- a sheltered area between woods or hills.
- a concave surface or molding.
- a concave surface forming part of a ceiling at its edge so as to eliminate the usual interior angle between the wall and ceiling.
- to make or become a cove.
Origin of cove1
- British Slang. a person; fellow.
- Australian Slang. a manager, especially of a sheep station.
Origin of cove2
Related Words for covesound, slough, creek, gulf, bayou, harbor, anchorage, estuary, cave, bay, wash, bight, cavern, lagoon, hole, nook, arm, retreat, firth, frith
Examples from the Web for cove
Contemporary Examples of cove
And I thought I should come back one day to do a giant walk over the Sydney Cove from the Opera House to the top of the bridge.Philippe Petit’s Moment of Concern Walking the WTC Tightrope
August 8, 2014
The Cove Deli on Main Street buzzed with the sound of a generator, and the lights were dim but the doors thrown open.Hamptons Residents Reel as Superstorm Sandy Recedes
Emily J. Weitz
October 31, 2012
Louie Psihoyos' The Cove, on the other hand, feels entirely fresh, and is as dramatic and gripping as any live-action thriller.How to Win the Office Oscar Pool
The Daily Beast
March 4, 2010
Directed by Louie Psihoyos, a National Geographic photographer, The Cove is, on its face, eco-advocacy at its best.
But the most compelling documentary of the year is The Cove.
Historical Examples of cove
Though the cove was more quiet than the ocean, yet it was fearful enough, even there.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
I don't like that schooner, Jess, and its ugly crew, lying there in the Cove.
Beyond, on the waters of the Cove, the Southern Cross rode at anchor.
By the time Dan was put ashore on the beach of the Cove it was afternoon.
No cove, no creek even, opened its friendly arms to receive them.King Philip
John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
- a small bay or inlet, usually between rocky headlands
- a narrow cavern formed in the sides of cliffs, mountains, etc, usually by erosion
- a sheltered place
- Also called: coving architect a concave curved surface between the wall and ceiling of a room
- (tr) to form an architectural cove in
Word Origin for cove
- old-fashioned, slang, British and Australian a fellow; chap
- Australian history an overseer of convict labourers
Word Origin for cove
Word Origin and History for cove
early 14c., "den, cave," from Old English cofa "small chamber, cell," from Proto-Germanic *kubon (cf. Old High German kubisi "tent, hut," German Koben "pigsty," Old Norse kofi "hut, shed"). Extension of meaning to "small bay" is 1580s, apparently via Scottish dialectal meaning "small hollow place in coastal rocks" (a survival of an Old English secondary sense).
"fellow, chap," slang from at least 1560s, said to be from Romany (Gypsy) cova "that man."