stive

verb
\ ˈstīv \
-ed/-ing/-s

Definition of stive

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to pack tightly : crowd
2 : to shut up in a warm close place : stifle, suffocate

stive

noun
\ " \
plural -s

Definition of stive (Entry 2 of 3)

: dust especially : the floating dust in flour mills caused by grinding

stive

\ " \

Definition of stive (Entry 3 of 3)

chiefly Scottish variant of steeve:1

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History and Etymology for stive

Verb

Middle English stiven, probably from Spanish estibar or Portuguese estivar to pack tightly

Noun

obsolete Dutch stuive, from Middle Dutch stuve, stuyve pulverization; akin to Middle Dutch stuven, stieven to raise dust, Middle Low German stūven to raise dust, stübbe dust, Old High German stoub dust, stioban to raise dust, stuppi dust, Gothic stubjus

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“Stive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stive. Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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