- to wander about without definite destination; move hither and thither at random, especially over a wide area.
- to wander over or through; traverse: to rove the woods.
- an act or instance of roving.
Origin of rove1
SynonymsSee more synonyms for rove on Thesaurus.com
- a simple past tense and past participle of reeve2.
- to form (slivers of wool, cotton, etc.) into slightly twisted strands in a preparatory process of spinning.
- to draw fibers or the like through an eye or other small opening.
- to attenuate, compress, and twist slightly in carding.
- British. roving2.
Origin of rove3
- 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 reeve2
Examples from the Web for rove
Either way, Rove certainly had a better night than last time around.Fox News Election Panelists Dress Up As Cowboys
Jack Holmes, The Daily Beast Video
November 5, 2014
“It was all for nothing; Rove wanted the issue buried,” Wurmser said.Insiders Blame Rove for Covering Up Iraq’s Real WMD
October 16, 2014
Rove himself appeared on Fox News Sunday to defend his comment.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows, May 18
May 18, 2014
Rove does not know how non-conservatives think about these things.
So Rove—I will give him this much—knows the workings of the fearful, reactionary mind.
Thus all concentrates: let us not rove; let us sit at home with the cause.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
As I was about to speak, however, he said suddenly: "Let's rove, man."The Day of the Boomer Dukes
They do not by any means destroy the land over which they rove.A Labrador Doctor
Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
But he didn't leave it until he had rove the new rope, and he got back all right.Man Overboard!
F(rancis) Marion Crawford
Never once did he allow his eyes to rove over to the table opposite.The Rover Boys Under Canvas
Arthur M. Winfield
- to wander about (a place) with no fixed direction; roam
- (intr) (of the eyes) to look around; wander
- have a roving eye to show a widespread amorous interest in the opposite sex
- (intr) Australian rules football to play as a rover
- the act of roving
- (tr) to pull out and twist (fibres of wool, cotton, etc) lightly, as before spinning or in carding
- wool, cotton, etc, thus prepared
- a metal plate through which a rivet is passed and then clenched over
- a past tense and past participle of reeve 2
- English history the local representative of the king in a shire (under the ealdorman) until the early 11th centuryCompare 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
- to pass (a rope or cable) through an eye or other narrow opening
- to fasten by passing through or around something
- the female of the ruff (the bird)
Word Origin and History for rove
"to wander with no fixed destination," 1530s (earliest sense was "to shoot arrows at a mark selected at pleasure or at random," late 15c.); possibly a Midlands dialectal variant of northern English and Scottish rave "to wander, stray," from Middle English raven, probably from Old Norse rafa "to wander, rove" (cf. rave (v.)). Influenced by rover, if not a back-formation from it. Related: Roved; roving.