EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN verb (used with object), rove or reeved, ro·ven or reeved, reev·ing. . Nautical to pass (a rope or the like) through a hole, ring, or the like. to fasten by placing through or around something. to pass a rope through (the swallow of a block). Origin of reeve 2 1620–30;
to reef; see
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Examples from the Web for reeved Historical Examples of reeved British Dictionary definitions for reeved noun English history the local representative of the king in a shire (under the ealdorman) until the early 11th century Compare sheriff (in medieval England) a manorial steward who supervised the daily affairs of the manor: often a villein elected by his fellows canadian government (in certain provinces) a president of a local council, esp in a rural area (formerly) a minor local official in any of several parts of England and the US Word Origin for reeve
gerēva; related to Old High German ruova number, array verb reeves, reeving, reeved or rove ( rəʊv) (tr) nautical to pass (a rope or cable) through an eye or other narrow opening to fasten by passing through or around something Word Origin for reeve
C17: perhaps from Dutch
rēven reef ² noun the female of the ruff (the bird) Word Origin for reeve
C17: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for reeved n.
"steward," Old English
gerefa "king's officer," of unknown origin and with no known cognates. Not connected to German Graf (see margrave). An Anglo-Saxon official of high rank, having local jurisdiction under a king. Cf. sheriff.
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