Nearby words

  1. hittitology,
  2. hitzig,
  3. hiv,
  4. hiv positive,
  5. hiva oa,
  6. hive bee,
  7. hive dross,
  8. hive mind,
  9. hive off,
  10. hives

Origin of hive

before 900; Middle English; Old English hȳf; akin to Old Norse hūfr ship's hull, Latin cūpa vat

Related formshive·less, adjectivehive·like, adjectivehiv·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for hiving

hive

/ (haɪv) /

noun

verb

Derived Formshivelike, adjective

Word Origin for hive

Old English hӯf; related to Westphalian hüwe, Old Norse hūfr ship's hull, Latin cūpa barrel, Greek kupē, Sanskrit kūpa cave

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Word Origin and History for hiving

hive

n.

Old English hyf "beehive," from Proto-Germanic *hufiz (cf. Old Norse hufr "hull of a ship"), from PIE *keup- "round container, bowl" (cf. Sanskrit kupah "hollow, pit, cave," Greek kypellon "cup," Latin cupa "tub, cask, vat"). Figurative sense of "swarming, busy place" is from 1630s. As a verb, of bees, etc., "to form themselves into a hive," c.1400; "to put bees in a hive," mid-15c.

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