verb (used with object), laved, lav·ing.

to wash; bathe.
(of a river, sea, etc.) to flow along, against, or past; wash.
Obsolete. to ladle; pour or dip with a ladle.

verb (used without object), laved, lav·ing.

Archaic. to bathe.

Origin of lave

before 900; Middle English laven, partly < Old French laver < Latin lavāre to wash; partly representing Old English lafian to pour water on, wash, itself perhaps < Latin lavāre
Related formsun·laved, adjectiveun·lav·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for laved

Historical Examples of laved

  • The true expectorator is within, laved in his own home-made suds.

    My Studio Neighbors

    William Hamilton Gibson

  • Among other things, the bones of the king's mother are laved with human blood.

  • When we got back to camp, Dorothea laved the burns for me with cool milk.

  • On the under side the fore wings are buff, laved with reddish at the base.

    The Butterfly Book

    William Jacob Holland

  • On the under side the fore wings are pink, laved with buff at the tip.

    The Butterfly Book

    William Jacob Holland

British Dictionary definitions for laved



an archaic word for wash

Word Origin for lave

Old English lafian, perhaps from Latin lavāre to wash
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Word Origin and History for laved



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").

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