Origin of stave

1125–75; (noun) Middle English, back formation from staves; (v.) derivative of the noun

OTHER WORDS FROM stave

un·staved, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for stave

stave
/ (steɪv) /

noun

verb staves, staving, staved or stove

Word Origin for stave

C14: back formation from staves, plural of staff 1
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