rove definition by Webster's New World
- to wander about; go from place to place, esp. over an extensive area, with no particular course or destination; roam
- to look around: said of the eyes
Origin: Middle English roven, origin, originally an archery term as transitive verb ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
Origin: ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
rove definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb roved roved, rov·ing, roves verb, intransitive
Origin: Middle English roven, to shoot arrows at a mark.
transitive verb roved roved, rov·ing, roves
- To card (wool).
- To put (fibers) through an eye or opening.
- To stretch and twist (fibers) before spinning; ravel out.
Origin: Origin unknown.
Variant of 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: Middle English reve, earlier irefe ; from Old English gerefa ; from ge- plush base of an unverified form rof, row, number