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rov·​ing ˈrō-viŋ How to pronounce roving (audio)
: not restricted as to location or area of concern
: capable of being shifted from place to place : mobile
: inclined to ramble or stray
a roving fancy


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: a slightly twisted roll or strand of usually textile fibers

Examples of roving in a Sentence

Adjective a roving substitute teacher who works in a different district every day
Recent Examples on the Web
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Word History



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First Known Use


1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1785, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of roving was in 1565

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Cite this Entry

“Roving.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a slightly twisted roll or strand of textile fibers

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