dove

1
[ duhv ]
/ dʌv /
|

noun

Origin of dove

1
1150–1200; Middle English; Old English dūfe- (in dūfedoppa dip-diver); cognate with Dutch duif, German Taube, Old Norse dūfa, Gothic dūbo, originally a diver
Related formsdove·like, dov·ish, adjectivedov·ish·ness, noun

Definition for dove (2 of 4)

dove

2
[ dohv ]
/ doʊv /

verb

a simple past tense of dive.

Definition for dove (3 of 4)

Dove

[ duhv ]
/ dʌv /

noun

Arthur,1880–1946, U.S. painter.
Rita,born 1952, U.S. poet and educator: U.S. poet laureate 1993.

Definition for dove (4 of 4)

dive

[ dahyv ]
/ daɪv /

verb (used without object), dived or dove, dived, div·ing.

verb (used with object), dived or dove, dived, div·ing.

to cause to plunge, submerge, or descend.
to insert quickly; plunge: He dived his hand into his pocket.

noun

Origin of dive

before 900; Middle English diven to dive, dip, Old English dȳfan to dip (causative of dūfan to dive, sink); cognate with Old Norse dȳfa dip, German taufen to baptize; akin to dip1
Related formspost·dive, adjectivepre·dive, adjectiveun·der·dive, nounun·der·dive, verb (used without object), un·der·dived or un·der·dove, un·der·dived, un·der·div·ing.

Usage note

Both dived and dove are standard as the past tense of dive. Dived, historically the older form, is somewhat more common in edited writing, but dove occurs there so frequently that it also must be considered standard: The rescuer dove into 20 feet of icy water. Dove is an Americanism that probably developed by analogy with alternations like drive, drove and ride, rode. It is the more common form in speech in the northern United States and in Canada, and its use seems to be spreading. The past participle of dive is always dived.
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British Dictionary definitions for dove (1 of 4)

dove

1
/ (dʌv) /

noun

any of various birds of the family Columbidae, having a heavy body, small head, short legs, and long pointed wings: order Columbiformes. They are typically smaller than pigeonsRelated adjective: columbine
politics a person opposed to warCompare hawk 1 (def. 3)
a gentle or innocent person: used as a term of endearment
  1. a greyish-brown colour
  2. (as adjective)dove walls
Derived Formsdovelike, adjectivedovish, adjective

Word Origin for dove

Old English dūfe (unattested except as a feminine proper name); related to Old Saxon dūbva, Old High German tūba

British Dictionary definitions for dove (2 of 4)

dove

2
/ (dəʊv) /

verb

mainly US a past tense of dive

British Dictionary definitions for dove (3 of 4)

Dove

/ (dʌv) /

noun

the Dove Christianity a manifestation of the Holy Spirit (John 1:32)

British Dictionary definitions for dove (4 of 4)

dive

/ (daɪv) /

verb dives, diving or dived or US dove or dived (mainly intr)

noun

Word Origin for dive

Old English dӯfan; related to Old Norse dӯfa to dip, Frisian dīvi; see deep, dip
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