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.

Origin of rove

1
1490–1500; orig., to shoot at a random target; perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Old Norse rāfa to stray; but compare also Old French raver to roam

Definition for rove (2 of 4)

rove2
[ rohv ]
/ roʊv /

verb

a simple past tense and past participle of reeve2.

Definition for rove (3 of 4)

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

Definition for rove (4 of 4)

reeve2
[ reev ]
/ riv /

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; < Dutch reven to reef; see reef2
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British Dictionary definitions for rove (1 of 7)

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 7)

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 7)

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 7)

rove4
/ (rəʊv) /

verb

a past tense and past participle of reeve 2

British Dictionary definitions for rove (5 of 7)

reeve1
/ (riːv) /

noun

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

Word Origin for reeve

Old English gerēva; related to Old High German ruova number, array

British Dictionary definitions for rove (6 of 7)

reeve2
/ (riːv) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for rove (7 of 7)

reeve3
/ (riːv) /

noun

the female of the ruff (the bird)

Word Origin for reeve

C17: of uncertain origin
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