Origin of rive
- Middle English riven from Old Norse rīfa
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English riven (“to rive"), of North Germanic origin, from Old Norse rÄ«fa (“to rend, tear apart"), from Proto-Germanic *rÄ«fanÄ… (“to tear, scratch"), from Proto-Indo-European *(e)reip- (“to crumble, tear"). Cognate with Danish rive (“to tear"), Old Frisian rÄ«va (“to tear"), Old English ārÇ£fan (“to let loose, unwrap"), Old Norse ript (rift, “breach of contract"), Norwegian rive (“to tear") and Albanian rrip (“belt, rope"). More at rift.