- 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
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 laving
Tunder-an-ouns, is it laving him that way you are afther—let me at him!'The Ned M'Keown Stories
They had sacked Urumtsi, and were laving close siege to Manas.The Life of Yakoob Beg
Oh, Kathleen, I can't be laving the children at all, at all.The White Christmas and other Merry Christmas Plays
Walter Ben Hare
He had come on foot, and fancied that we were laving out Fleete.Life's Handicap
More than anything else he loved to swim in the laving waters of Byrons Pool, at night or in the magic half-light of dawn.Heroes of To-Day
Mary R. Parkman
- an archaic word for wash
Word Origin and History for laving
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").