Nearby words

  1. staurolitic,
  2. stauropegion,
  3. stauroplegia,
  4. stauroscope,
  5. stavanger,
  6. stave off,
  7. staves,
  8. stavesacre,
  9. stavropol,
  10. staw

Origin of stave

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

Related formsun·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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Word Origin and History for stave

stave

n.

"piece of a barrel," 1750, back-formation from staves (late 14c.), plural of staff (cf. leaves/leaf), possibly from Old English, but not recorded there. The verb (to stave in, past tense stove) is 1590s, originally nautical, on notion of bashing in the staves of a cask and letting out the contents; stave off (1620s) is literally "keep off with a staff," as of dogs.

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