Origin and Etymology of stave
Middle English, back-formation from staves, plural of staf staff
First Known Use: 13th century
Definition of stave
1 : to break in the staves of (a cask)
2 : to smash a hole in stove in the boat; also : to crush or break inward staved in several ribs
3 : to drive or thrust away
1 archaic : to become stove in —used of a boat or ship
2 : to walk or move rapidly
First Known Use of stave
STAVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of stave for English Language Learners
: one of the narrow strips of wood that form the sides of a barrel
: a long wooden stick
STAVE Defined for Kids
Definition of stave for Students
1 : to break in the staves of stave a barrel
2 : to smash a hole in Waves staved the boat's hull.
: to keep away : ward off A snack will stave off hunger.
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