rove

1
[ rohv ]
/ roʊv /

verb (used without object), roved, rov·ing.

to wander about without definite destination; move hither and thither at random, especially over a wide area.

verb (used with object), roved, rov·ing.

to wander over or through; traverse: to rove the woods.

noun

an act or instance of roving.

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Origin of rove

1
First recorded in 1490–1500; originally, “to shoot at a random target”; perhaps from Scandinavian; compare Old Norse rāfa “to stray”; but compare also Old French raver “to roam”

synonym study for rove

1. See roam.

Definition for rove (2 of 3)

rove2
[ rohv ]
/ roʊv /

verb

a simple past tense and past participle of reeve2.

Definition for rove (3 of 3)

rove3
[ rohv ]
/ roʊv /

verb (used with object), roved, rov·ing.

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.

noun

British. roving2.

Origin of rove

3
First recorded in 1780–90; of obscure origin
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British Dictionary definitions for rove (1 of 4)

rove1
/ (rəʊv) /

verb

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

noun

the act of roving

Word Origin for rove

C15 roven (in archery) to shoot at a target chosen at random (C16: to wander, stray), from Scandinavian; compare Icelandic rāfa to wander

British Dictionary definitions for rove (2 of 4)

rove2
/ (rəʊv) /

verb

(tr) to pull out and twist (fibres of wool, cotton, etc) lightly, as before spinning or in carding

noun

wool, cotton, etc, thus prepared

Word Origin for rove

C18: of obscure origin

British Dictionary definitions for rove (3 of 4)

rove3
/ (rəʊv) /

noun

a metal plate through which a rivet is passed and then clenched over

Word Origin for rove

C15: from Scandinavian; compare Icelandic ro

British Dictionary definitions for rove (4 of 4)

rove4
/ (rəʊv) /

verb

a past tense and past participle of reeve 2
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