Idioms for heave

Origin of heave

before 900; Middle English heven, variant (with -v- from simple past tense and past participle) of hebben, Old English hebban; cognate with German heben, Old Norse hefja, Gothic hafjan; akin to Latin capere to take


1 elevate. See raise.
2 hurl, pitch, fling, cast, sling.
11 surge, billow.


heav·er, nounheave·less, adjectiveun·heaved, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for heaves (1 of 2)

/ (hiːvz) /

noun (functioning as singular or plural)

Also called: broken wind a chronic respiratory disorder of animals of the horse family caused by allergies and dust
the heaves slang an attack of vomiting or retching

British Dictionary definitions for heaves (2 of 2)

/ (hiːv) /

verb heaves, heaving or heaved or mainly nautical hove


Derived forms of heave

heaver, noun

Word Origin for heave

Old English hebban; related to Old Norse hefja, Old Saxon hebbian, Old High German heffen to raise, Latin capere to take, Sanskrit kapatī two hands full
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