lave


1lave

noun \ˈlāv\

Definition of LAVE

chiefly dialect
:  something that is left :  residue

Origin of LAVE

Middle English (northern dialect), from Old English lāf; akin to Old English belīfan to remain — more at leave
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Dialect Terms

bespoke, boughten, muchacho, nigh, spunk, thunk, toboggan

2lave

verb
lavedlav·ing

Definition of LAVE

transitive verb
1
a :  wash, bathe
b :  to flow along or against
2
:  pour
intransitive verb
archaic :  to wash oneself :  bathe

Examples of LAVE

  1. <the cold water from the stream gently laved her burned fingers>

Origin of LAVE

Middle English, from Old English lafian, from Latin lavare
First Known Use: before 12th century

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