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  1. a person who drives cattle or sheep to market.
  2. a dealer in cattle.
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Origin of drover

1350–1400; Middle English. See drove2, -er1
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Examples from the Web for drover

Historical Examples

  • Taffy was the name of this fellow from Denbigh, in Wales, and he was a drover.

    Welsh Fairy Tales

    William Elliott Griffis

  • The drover rode into the yard, and drove the cow out himself.

  • The drover calls to the boy, "Stop that cow, my lad, stop that cow."

  • In driving cattle the drover should have no dog, which will only annoy them.

  • After a day's rest I crossed the ferry with the cattle, assisted by the drover.

British Dictionary definitions for drover


  1. a person whose occupation is the driving of sheep or cattle, esp to and from market
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Word Origin and History for drover


early 15c. (late 13c. as a surname), agent noun from drove (n.).

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