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screeve

intransitive verb \ ˈskrēv \

Definition of screeve

dialectal, British
: to exude moisture : ooze, leak

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Origin and Etymology of screeve

Middle English scryven, from Middle French escrever (3d singular present, escrive, escrieve), literally, to burst open, from Old French, from es- (from Latin ex-) + crever to burst, from Latin crepare to crack


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screeve

noun \ " \

Definition of screeve

plural -s
chiefly British
: a piece of writing; especially : a begging letter

Origin and Etymology of screeve

probably from Italian scrivere to write, from Latin scribere


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screeve

verb \ " \

Definition of screeve

-ed/-ing/-s
transitive verb
chiefly British : to write (as a letter) in order to beg
intransitive verb
chiefly British : to draw pictures on a sidewalk in order to attract passersby and obtain charity

Origin and Etymology of screeve

probably from Italian scrivere to write


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