- To reeve is to fasten something by threading a rope or rod through a hole.
When you fasten a bike to a bike rack by threading a chain around the holes in the spokes of the tire and the railing of the bike rack, this is an example of a reeve.
- in English history,
- the chief officer, under the king, of a town or district
- the overseer and chief peasant of a manor
- the elected head of a village or town council in certain Canadian provinces
Origin of reeveMiddle English reve, earlier irefe ; from Old English gerefa ; from ge- + base of an unverified form rof, row, number
Origin of reeveuncertain or unknown; perhaps from source
- The elected president of a town council in some parts of Canada.
- Any of various minor officers of parishes or other local authorities.
- A bailiff or steward of a manor in the later medieval period.
- A high officer of local administration appointed by the Anglo-Saxon kings.
Origin of reeveMiddle English, from Old English gerēfa.
transitive verbreeved reeved or rove , reev·ing, reeves Nautical
- To pass (a rope or rod) through a hole, ring, pulley, or block.
- To fasten by passing through or around.
- To pass a rope or rod through (a hole, ring, pulley, or block).
Origin of reeveOrigin unknown.
Origin of reeveProbably alteration of ruff1.
- (historical) Any of several local officials, with varying responsibilities.
- (Canada) The president of a township or municipal district council.
- (military, historical) A proposed but unadopted commissioned rank of the Royal Air Force equivalent to wing commander.
Old English rēfa, an aphetism of ġerēfa.
(third-person singular simple present reeves, present participle reeving, simple past and past participle reeved)
- (nautical) To pass a rope through a hole or opening, especially so as to fasten it.