noun (1)
ro·​ver | \ ˈrō-vər How to pronounce rover (audio) \

Definition of rover

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: pirate


noun (2)
rov·​er | \ ˈrō-vər How to pronounce rover (audio) \

Definition of rover (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a random or long-distance mark in archery usually used in plural
3 : a player who is not assigned to a specific position on a team and who plays wherever needed
4 : a vehicle for exploring the surface of an extraterrestrial body (such as the moon or Mars)

First Known Use of rover

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

circa 1525, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rover

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Middle Dutch, from roven to rob; akin to Old English rēafian to reave — more at reave

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“Rover.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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