\ ˈskrēv \

Definition of screeve

 (Entry 1 of 3)

dialectal, British
: to exude moisture : ooze, leak

screeve

noun
\ " \
plural -s

Definition of screeve (Entry 2 of 3)

chiefly British
: a piece of writing especially : a begging letter

screeve

verb
\ " \
-ed/-ing/-s

Definition of screeve (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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History and Etymology for screeve

Intransitive verb

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

Noun

probably from Italian scrivere to write, from Latin scribere

Verb

probably from Italian scrivere to write

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“Screeve.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/screeve. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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