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Princeton's WordNet

  1. reeveverb

    female ruff

  2. reeveverb

    pass a rope through

    "reeve an opening"

  3. reeveverb

    pass through a hole or opening

    "reeve a rope"

  4. reeveverb

    fasten by passing through a hole or around something


  1. reeveverb

    To pass a rope through a hole or opening, especially so as to fasten it.

    Etymology: Old English rēfa, an aphetism of ġerēfa.

  2. reevenoun

    A female of the species Philomachus pugnax, a highly gregarious, medium-sized wading bird of Eurasia; the male is a ruff.

    Etymology: Old English rēfa, an aphetism of ġerēfa.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reevenoun

    the female of the ruff

    Etymology: [Cf. D. reven. See Reef, n. & v. t.]

  2. Reeveverb

    to pass, as the end of a pope, through any hole in a block, thimble, cleat, ringbolt, cringle, or the like

    Etymology: [Cf. D. reven. See Reef, n. & v. t.]

  3. Reevenoun

    an officer, steward, bailiff, or governor; -- used chiefly in compounds; as, shirereeve, now written sheriff; portreeve, etc

    Etymology: [Cf. D. reven. See Reef, n. & v. t.]


  1. Reeve

    Originally in Anglo-Saxon England the reeve was a senior official with local responsibilities under the Crown e.g. as the chief magistrate of a town or district. Subsequently, after the Norman conquest, it was an office held by a man of lower rank, appointed as manager of a manor and overseer of the peasants. In this later role, historian H. R. Loyn observes, "he is the earliest English specialist in estate management."

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Reeve

    rēv, n. a steward or other officer (now used only in composition, as in sheriff)—a title applied to several classes of old English magistrates over various territorial areas, as borough-reeves, over boroughs; port-reeves, in trading towns, in ports; high-reeves, &c. [M. E. reve—A.S. geréfaróf, excellent. Cf. Ger. graf.]

  2. Reeve

    rēv, v.t. to pass the end of a rope through any hole, as the channel of a block:—pa.t. and pa.p. reeved, also rove (naut.). [Reef (2).]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Reeve

    name given to magistrates of various classes in early English times, the most important of whom was the shire-reeve or sheriff, who represented the king in his shire; others were borough-reeves, port-reeves, &c.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Reeve in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Reeve in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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