drove

1 of 2

noun

1
: a group of animals driven or moving in a body
2
: a large number : crowd
usually used in plural especially with in
came in droves

drove

2 of 2

past tense of drive

Examples of drove in a Sentence

Noun people flocked to the annual festival in droves
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Still, his legions of fans find ways to separate the art from the artist and come in droves every time a new album drops. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, 21 Feb. 2024 Despite the droves of followers who would happily fill a spot in Forma’s classes, those outside Levi’s charmed orbit must settle for Forma’s online platform. Lina Abascal, Los Angeles Times, 7 Feb. 2024 To make matters worse, young accountants have been quitting the profession in their droves since 2019, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Orianna Rosa Royle, Fortune, 23 Jan. 2024 Right now, droves of Amazon shoppers are snapping up humidifiers to add moisture to their homes. Isabel Garcia, Peoplemag, 10 Feb. 2024 In reality, there are droves of entrepreneurs with challenges like mine. Andy Dunn, Fortune, 25 Jan. 2024 Visitors come in droves to immerse themselves in city life, whether that's with a side of sunshine or skyscrapers. Rachel Chang, Condé Nast Traveler, 19 Dec. 2023 Attendees of the largest gathering of women seeking careers in STEM fields are upset after droves of men showed up after allegedly lying about being non-binary. Melissa Noel, Essence, 6 Oct. 2023 This year, droves of men showed up with résumés in hand. WIRED, 2 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English, from Old English drāf, from drīfan to drive — more at drive

First Known Use

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of drove was before the 12th century

Dictionary Entries Near drove

Cite this Entry

“Drove.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drove. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

drove

1 of 2 noun
1
: a group of animals driven or moving in a body
2
: a crowd of people moving or acting together

drove

2 of 2

past of drive

Etymology

Noun

Old English drāf "group of animals moving together," from drīfan "to drive"

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