Origin of stave

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

Related forms

un·staved, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for stave off (1 of 2)

stave off


verb

(tr, adverb) to avert or hold off (something undesirable or harmful), esp temporarilyto stave off hunger

British Dictionary definitions for stave off (2 of 2)

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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Idioms and Phrases with stave off

stave off


Keep or hold away, repel, as in The Federal Reserve Board is determined to stave off inflation. This metaphoric expression transfers beating something off with a staff or stave to nonphysical repulsion. [c. 1600]

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