Origin of greaveMiddle English greve from OFr, shin, shin armor from Arabic jaurab, stocking
Origin of greaveSing. of Middle English greves from Old French shins
From Middle English greve, from Old English grǣfe, grǣfa (“bush, bramble, grove, thicket, copse, brush-wood (for burning), fuel”), from Proto-Germanic *grainiz (“twig”), of unknown origin. Cognate with Old Norse grein (“branch, bough”), Old English grāf, grāfa (“grove”). See grove.
From Middle English greve, greyve, from Old English grǣfa, grēfa (“pit, cave, hole, grave, trench”), from Proto-Germanic *grōbō (“pit, ditch”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰrebʰ- (“to dig, scratch, scrape”). Cognate with North Frisian groop (“pit, sewer, gutter”), Dutch groef (“pit, hole, gutter”), German Grube (“pit, hole”), Icelandic gröf (“pit, grave”).
From Middle English greve, grayve, from Old French greve (“shin”), of unknown origin.
(third-person singular simple present greaves, present participle greaving, simple past and past participle greaved)
- (nautical) To clean (a ship's bottom); to grave.
From greaves, animal fat.