Drove Definition

drōv
droved, droves, droving
noun
droves
A number of cattle, hogs, sheep, etc. driven or moving along as a group; flock; herd.
Webster's New World
A crowd or body of people, esp. when moving or acting together.
Webster's New World
A broad-faced chisel for grooving or dressing stone.
Webster's New World
A stonemason's broad-edged chisel used for rough hewing.
American Heritage
A grooved surface made with this chisel.
Webster's New World
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verb
To finish (stone) with a drove chisel.
Webster's New World
Webster's New World
Drove is defined as something has been driven, pushed or moved forward.
An example of drove is a car that's been driven from one place to another.
YourDictionary

Simple past tense of drive.

Wiktionary

To herd cattle; particularly over a long distance.

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Other Word Forms of Drove

Noun

Singular:
drove
Plural:
droves

Origin of Drove

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • From earlier drave, from Middle English drave, draf, from Old English drāf, first and third person singular indicative preterite of drīfan (“to drive”).

    From Wiktionary

  • 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

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