Derve Definition

verb

(intransitive) To labour; swink.

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Origin of Derve

  • From Middle English derven, from Old English deorfan (“to exert oneself, labor; be in peril, perish, be wrecked”), from Proto-Germanic *derbaną (“to swink, labour, perish”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰerbʰ- (“to work, perish, die”). Cognate with Dutch bederven, verderven (“to spoil, corrupt, pervert”), German verderben (“to ruin, spoil, corrupt”), Icelandic fordjarfa (“to disgrace”), Lithuanian dìrbti (“to work”).

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