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rover

1
[ roh-ver ]
/ ˈroʊ vər /
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noun
a person who roves; wanderer.
Archery.
  1. a mark selected at random, as in a competition between two archers wandering over a specified area.
  2. one of a group of fixed marks at a long distance.
  3. an archer who shoots at such a mark.
Croquet. a ball that has been driven through all the arches and needs only to strike the last peg to be out of the game.
British.
  1. (at concerts or the like) a person who has a ticket for standing room only.
  2. a senior boy scout, 18 years of age or older.
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Origin of rover

1
First recorded in 1490–1500; rove1 + -er1

Other definitions for rover (2 of 4)

rover2
[ roh-ver ]
/ ˈroʊ vər /

noun
a pirate.
Obsolete. a pirate ship.

Origin of rover

2
First recorded in 1350–1400 for def. 1 and in 1530–40 for def. 2; Middle English rover(e) “pirate,” from Middle Dutch rover(e) or Middle Low German rover “robber,” equivalent to roven “to rob” + -er; cf. reave1; see also -er1

Other definitions for rover (3 of 4)

rover3
[ roh-ver ]
/ ˈroʊ vər /

noun
a machine that twists, draws out, and cleans fibers prior to spinning; a roving machine.
a roving-machine operator.

Origin of rover

3
First recorded in 1735–45; rove3 + -er1

Other definitions for rover (4 of 4)

Rover
[ roh-ver ]
/ ˈroʊ vər /

noun
a familiar name for a dog.
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British Dictionary definitions for rover (1 of 4)

rover1
/ (ˈrəʊvə) /

noun
a person who roves; wanderer
archery a mark selected at random for use as a target
croquet a ball that has been driven through all the hoops but has not yet hit the winning peg
Australian rules football one of the three players in the ruck, usually smaller than the other two, selected for his agility in play
a small remote-controlled vehicle which roams over rough, esp extraterrestrial, terrain taking photographs, gathering rock and soil samples, etc

Word Origin for rover

C15: from rove 1

British Dictionary definitions for rover (2 of 4)

rover2
/ (ˈrəʊvə) /

noun
a pirate or pirate ship

Word Origin for rover

C14: probably from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German, from roven to rob

British Dictionary definitions for rover (3 of 4)

rover3
/ (ˈrəʊvə) /

noun
a machine for roving wool, cotton, etc, or a person who operates such a machine

Word Origin for rover

C18: from rove ²

British Dictionary definitions for rover (4 of 4)

Rover

Rover Scout

/ (ˈrəʊvə) /

noun
British the former name for Venture Scout
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