- to wander about; go from place to place, esp. over an extensive area, with no particular course or destination; roam
- to look around: often used fig., as to suggest sexual unfaithfulness: a husband with a roving eye
Origin of roveMiddle English roven, origin, originally an archery term as transitive verb ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
Origin of rove; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
verbroved, rov·ing, roves
- To wander about, especially over a wide area; roam. See Synonyms at wander.
- To be directed without apparent purpose; look in an idle or casual manner: His gazed roved over the faces in the crowd.
- To roam or wander around, over, or through: Vikings roved the seas.
- To look at or around (an area) in an idle or casual manner: Her eyes roved the room.
Origin of roveMiddle English roven, to shoot arrows at a mark.
transitive verbroved, rov·ing, roves
- To card (wool).
- To put (fibers) through an eye or opening.
- To stretch and twist (fibers) before spinning; ravel out.
Origin of roveOrigin unknown.
(third-person singular simple present roves, present participle roving, simple past and past participle roved)
- (intransitive) To roam, or wander about at random, especially over a wide area.
- To roam or wander through.
- To card wool or other fibres.
- To twist slightly; to bring together, as slivers of wool or cotton, and twist slightly before spinning.
- To draw through an eye or aperture.
- To plough into ridges by turning the earth of two furrows together.
- To practice robbery on the seas; to voyage about on the seas as a pirate.
Of uncertain origin; perhaps a dialectal form of rave.
- Simple past tense of rive.