- to rob; plunder.
Origin of reive
First recorded in 1860–65; variant of reave1
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Examples from the Web for reivers
They were the greatest of reivers on both sides of the Border.Highways and Byways in The Border
The reivers burst through the lines, and changed the fate of Hawksglen.The Mosstrooper
Robert Scott Fittis
Then came the reivers of Kernsberg and burned the castle to the ground.Joan of the Sword Hand
S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett
In no circumstances were the Border reivers easily intimidated.
This, of course, was not true of all the reivers on the Borders.
- (intr) Scot and Northern English dialect to go on a plundering raid
variant of reave 1