verb (used with or without object), coved, cov·ing.

to make or become a cove.

Nearby words

  1. covariant,
  2. covariant theory,
  3. covariate,
  4. covarrubias,
  5. covarrubias, miguel,
  6. cove lighting,
  7. cove stripe,
  8. covellite,
  9. coven,
  10. covenant

Origin of cove

before 900; Middle English; Old English cofa cave, den, closet; cognate with Old Norse kofi hut, Greek gýpē cave

Can be confusedbay cove gulf inlet Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for coved

British Dictionary definitions for coved




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 English cofa; related to Old Norse kofi, Old High German kubisi tent




old-fashioned, slang, British and Australian a fellow; chap
Australian history an overseer of convict labourers

Word Origin for cove

C16: probably from Romany kova thing, person

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