from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small sheltered bay in the shoreline of a sea, river, or lake.
- n. A recess or small valley in the side of a mountain.
- n. A cave or cavern.
- n. A narrow gap or pass between hills or woods.
- n. Architecture A concave molding.
- n. Architecture A concave surface forming a junction between a ceiling and a wall. Also called coving.
- transitive v. To make in an inward curving form.
- n. Chiefly British A fellow; a man.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A fellow; a man.
- n. A friend; a mate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A retired nook; especially, a small, sheltered inlet, creek, or bay; a recess in the shore.
- n. A strip of prairie extending into woodland; also, a recess in the side of a mountain.
- n. A concave molding.
- n. A member, whose section is a concave curve, used especially with regard to an inner roof or ceiling, as around a skylight.
- transitive v. To arch over; to build in a hollow concave form; to make in the form of a cove.
- transitive v. To brood, cover, over, or sit over, as birds their eggs.
- n. A boy or man of any age or station.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small inlet, creek, or bay; a recess or nook in the shore of any considerable body of water.
- n. Hence A hollow, nook, or recess in a mountain, or among mountains.
- n. In architecture, a concavity; any kind of concave molding; the hollow of a vault.
- n. In ship-building, a curved or arched molding at the bottom of the taffrail. An elliptical molding above it was called the arch of the cove.
- To arch over.
- To brood, cover, or sit over.
- n. A man; a person; a fellow: generally preceded by some adjective: as, an old cove; a rum cove; a flash cove, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a small inlet
- n. small or narrow cave in the side of a cliff or mountain
Middle English, chamber, cave, from Old English cofa.
Probably from Romany kova, man.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English cofa, from Proto-Germanic *kubô. Cognate with German Koben, Swedish kofva. (Wiktionary)
From Romani kodo ("this one, him") . This definition is lacking an etymology or has an incomplete etymology. You can help Wiktionary by giving it a proper etymology. (Wiktionary)