- The definition of a drove is a group of people or farm animals that is moving together.
An example of a drove is the group of people leaving a stadium after a football game.
- Drove is defined as something has been driven, pushed or moved forward.
An example of drove is a car that's been driven from one place to another.
- a number of cattle, hogs, sheep, etc. driven or moving along as a group; flock; herd
- a crowd or body of people, esp. when moving or acting together: usually used in pl.
- a broad-faced chisel for grooving or dressing stonealso drove chisel
- a grooved surface made with this chiselalso drove work
- a broad-faced chisel for grooving or dressing stone
Origin of droveMiddle English from Old English draf from drifan, drive
intransitive verbdroved, drov′ing
- a. A flock or herd being driven in a body.b. often droves A large mass of people moving or acting as a body: people moving through the streets in droves.
- a. A stonemason's broad-edged chisel used for rough hewing.b. A stone surface dressed with such a chisel.
Origin of droveMiddle English from Old English drāf from drīfan to drive ; see dhreibh- in Indo-European roots.
From Middle English drove, drof, draf, from Old English drāf (“action of driving; a driving out, expulsion; drove, herd, band; company, band; road along which cattle are driven”), from Proto-Germanic *draibō (“a drive, push, movement, drove”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰreibʰ- (“to drive, push”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰer- (“cloudy, dirty, muddy”). Cognate with Scots drave, dreef (“drove, crowd”), Dutch dreef (“a walkway, wide road with trees, drove”), Middle High German treip (“a drove”), Swedish drev (“a drive, drove”), Icelandic dreif (“a scattering, distribution”). More at drive.
(third-person singular simple present droves, present participle droving, simple past and past participle droved)