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

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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rim, soffit

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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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Word Origin and History for eaves

see 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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