rover

Listen:
 [ˈrəʊvə]



WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
rov•er1  (rōvər),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a person who roves;
    wanderer.
  2. Sport[Archery.]
    • a mark selected at random, as in a competition between two archers wandering over a specified area.
    • one of a group of fixed marks at a long distance.
    • an archer who shoots at such a mark.
  3. Sport[Croquet.]a ball that has been driven through all the arches and needs only to strike the last peg to be out of the game.
  4. British Terms
    • (at concerts or the like) a person who has a ticket for standing room only.
    • a senior boy scout, 18 years of age or older.
  • rove1 + -er1 1490–1500

rov•er2  (rōvər),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Nautical, Naval Termsa pirate.
  2. Nautical, Naval Terms[Obs.]a pirate ship.
  • Middle Dutch or Middle Low German: robber, equivalent. to roven to rob, reave1 + -er -er1
  • Middle English 1350–1400

rov•er3  (rōvər),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Buildinga roving or routing machine.
  2. a roving-machine operator.
  • rove3 + -er1 1735–45

Ro•ver  (rōvər),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a familiar name for a dog.

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
rove1 /roʊv/USA pronunciation   v.,  roved, rov•ing. 
  1. to move here and there at random: [+ object]to rove the subways, looking for victims.[no object]to rove in the woods.
rov•er, n. [countable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
rove1 (rōv),USA pronunciation  v.,  roved, rov•ing, n. 

v.i. 
  1. to wander about without definite destination;
    move hither and thither at random, esp. over a wide area.

v.t. 
  1. to wander over or through;
    traverse:to rove the woods.

n. 
  1. an act or instance of roving.
  • Scandinavian; compare Old Norse rāfa to stray; but compare also Old French raver to roam
  • 1490–1500; origin, originally, to shoot at a random target; perh.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged stroll, amble, stray. See  roam. 

rove2 (rōv),USA pronunciation v. 
  1. a pt. and pp. of  reeve 2.

rove3 (rōv),USA pronunciation  v.,  roved, rov•ing, n. 

v.t. 
  1. Textilesto form (slivers of wool, cotton, etc.) into slightly twisted strands in a preparatory process of spinning.
  2. Textilesto draw fibers or the like through an eye or other small opening.
  3. Textilesto attenuate, compress, and twist slightly in carding.

n. 
  1. British Termsroving2.
  • of obscure origin, originally 1780–90


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

rover /ˈrəʊvə/ n
  1. a person who roves; wanderer
  2. a mark selected at random for use as a target
  3. one of the three players in the ruck, usually smaller than the other two, selected for his agility in play
Etymology: 15th Century: from rove1
rover /ˈrəʊvə/ n
  1. a pirate or pirate ship
Etymology: 14th Century: probably from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German, from roven to rob



Rover, Rover Scout /ˈrəʊvə/ n
  1. Brit
    the former name for Venture Scout



'rover' also found in these entries:
Advertisements

Word of the day: common | blend

Advertisements

Report an inappropriate ad.