An example of drove is a car that's been driven from one place to another.
An example of a drove is the group of people leaving a stadium after a football game.
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Origin of drove
- Middle English from Old English drāf from drīfan to drive dhreibh- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English drove, drof, draf, from Old English drāf (“action of driving; a driving out, expulsion; drove, herd, band; company, band; road along which cattle are driven”), from Proto-Germanic *draibō (“a drive, push, movement, drove”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰreibʰ- (“to drive, push”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰer- (“cloudy, dirty, muddy”). Cognate with Scots drave, dreef (“drove, crowd”), Dutch dreef (“a walkway, wide road with trees, drove”), Middle High German treip (“a drove”), Swedish drev (“a drive, drove”), Icelandic dreif (“a scattering, distribution”). More at drive.