reif

noun

ˈrēf
plural -s
chiefly Scottish
: robbery, plunder
keep the house frae reif and wearSir Walter Scott

Word History

Etymology

Middle English (Scots) ref, reif, from Old English rēaf; akin to Old High German roubōn to rob

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“Reif.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reif. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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