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Usually eaves. the overhanging lower edge of a roof.
Often eaves. the overhanging edge of anything, as a hat.


Nearby words

  1. eau de nil,
  2. eau de toilette,
  3. eau de vie,
  4. eau de vie de marc,
  5. eau minérale,
  6. eave spout,
  7. eave trough,
  8. eaves,
  9. eavesdrop,
  10. eavesdropper

Origin of eave

before 1000; Middle English eves, Old English efes; cognate with Old High German obisa, Gothic ubizwa hall; cf. above, over

Related formseaved, adjectiveun·eaved, adjective

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Word Origin and History for eave



1570s, from Southwest Midlands dialectal eovese (singular), from Old English efes "edge of a roof," also "edge of a forest," from Proto-Germanic *ubaswa-/*ubiswa (cf. Old Frisian ose "eaves," Old High German obasa "porch, hall, roof," German Obsen, Old Norse ups, Gothic ubizwa "porch;" German oben "above"), from the root of over. Treated as plural and a new singular form eave emerged 16c.

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