Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

rove

play
verb \ˈrōv\

Definition of rove

rovedrov·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to move aimlessly :  roam

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to wander through or over



Origin of rove

earlier, to shoot at random, wander, of unknown origin


First Known Use: 1536

Synonym Discussion of rove

wander, roam, ramble, rove, traipse, meander mean to go about from place to place usually without a plan or definite purpose. wander implies an absence of or an indifference to a fixed course <fond of wandering about the square just watching the people>. roam suggests wandering about freely and often far afield <liked to roam through the woods>. ramble stresses carelessness and indifference to one's course or objective <the speaker rambled on without ever coming to the point>. rove suggests vigorous and sometimes purposeful roaming <armed brigands roved over the countryside>. traipse implies a course that is erratic but may sometimes be purposeful <traipsed all over town looking for the right dress>. meander implies a winding or intricate course suggestive of aimless or listless wandering <the river meanders for miles through rich farmland>.

Rhymes with rove


2

rove

noun

Definition of rove

  1. :  an act or instance of wandering



1606

First Known Use of rove

1606


3

rove

Definition of rove

  1. past and past participle of reeve




4

rove

verb

Definition of rove

rovedrov·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to join (textile fibers) with a slight twist and draw out into roving



Origin of rove

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1789


5

rove

noun

Definition of rove

  1. :  roving



1789

First Known Use of rove

1789



ROVE Defined for Kids

rove

play
verb \ˈrōv\

Definition of rove

rovedrov·ing

  1. :  to wander without definite plan or direction

rov·er noun




Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up rove? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 6, 2016

an official order, decree, or edict

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

duvet spindrift kittly-benders pince-nez
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ