- to wash; bathe.
- (of a river, sea, etc.) to flow along, against, or past; wash.
- Obsolete. to ladle; pour or dip with a ladle.
- Archaic. to bathe.
Origin of lave1
- the remainder; the rest.
Origin of lave2
- (of ears) large and drooping.
Origin of lave3
Related Wordsbathe, float, bath, sponge, slosh, imbue, soak, swab, cleanse, douse, wet, bubble, soap, shine, moisten, hose, scrub, launder, scour, lap
Examples from the Web for lave
I lave that to whoever has it, Honor: 'tis enough for me, I see what you do—and that's what I go by.
Plase your honour, I being the lady, expicted I'd get lave to swear first.
Burn the steak he will if I lave him with it, and Moike knows the sort of a bed he makes.The Widow O'Callaghan's Boys
I want him to get into the state in which he can look at her an' lave her alone!Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
The door's open, and you've my lave; may be we 'll do as well without you, as we're like to do with you.The Macdermots of Ballycloran
- an archaic word for wash
Word Origin and History for lave
c.1200, from Old English gelafian "wash by pouring, pour (water)," possibly an early English or West Germanic borrowing (cf. Dutch laven, German laben) of Latin lavare "to wash," or its Old French descendant, laver. Latin lavare is from PIE *leu(e)- "to wash" (cf. Latin luere "to wash," Greek louein "to wash, bathe," Old Irish loathar "basin," Breton laouer "trough," Old English leaþor "lather").