[ eev ]
/ iv /


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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British Dictionary definitions for eaves


/ (iːvz) /

pl n

the edge of a roof that projects beyond the wall

Word Origin for eaves

Old English efes; related to Gothic ubizwa porch, Greek hupsos height

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