American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The elected president of a town council in some parts of Canada.
- n. Any of various minor officers of parishes or other local authorities.
- n. A bailiff or steward of a manor in the later medieval period.
- n. A high officer of local administration appointed by the Anglo-Saxon kings.
- v. Nautical To pass (a rope or rod) through a hole, ring, pulley, or block.
- v. Nautical To fasten by passing through or around.
- v. Nautical To pass a rope or rod through (a hole, ring, pulley, or block).
- n. The female ruff.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A steward; a prefect; a bailiff; a business agent. The word enters into the composition of some titles, as borough-reeve, hog-reeve, portreeve, sheriff (shire-reeve), town-reeve, etc., and is itself in use in Canada and in some parts of the United States.
- n. A foreman in a coal-mine.
- An obsolete variant of reave.
- Nautical, to pass or run through any hole in a block, thimble, cleat, ring-bolt, cringle, etc., as the end of a rope.
- n. A bird, the female of the ruff, Machetes pugnax, See Pavoncella, and cut under ruff.
- To run (a ship) through narrow channels in a shoal or through openings in an ice-pack, after the fashion of a rope through the hole in a block, etc.
- n. historical Any of several local officials, with varying responsibilities.
- n. Canada The president of a township or municipal district council.
- n. military, historical A proposed but unadopted commissioned rank of the Royal Air Force equivalent to wing commander.
- v. nautical To pass a rope through a hole or opening, especially so as to fasten it.
- n. A female of the species Philomachus pugnax, a highly gregarious, medium-sized wading bird of Eurasia; the male is a ruff.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) The female of the ruff.
- v. (Naut.) To pass, as the end of a pope, through any hole in a block, thimble, cleat, ringbolt, cringle, or the like.
- n. an officer, steward, bailiff, or governor; -- used chiefly in compounds
- v. fasten by passing through a hole or around something
- v. pass a rope through
- v. pass through a hole or opening
- n. female ruff
- Old English rēfa, an aphetism of ġerēfa. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English gerēfa.Origin unknown.Probably alteration of ruff1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“All he got was 'reeve' of some little shi-poke burg down south.”
“The principal officers were the "reeve" or head-man, the "beadle" or messenger, and the "tithing-man" or petty constable.”
“But I didn't know it was serious enough to call a reeve out of Toskala. ”
“The chief law enforcement officer of the shire was the "reeve" or "reef.”
“Bede describes him as a ‘prefect’, and Leo Sherley-Price translates this as ‘reeve’.”
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“Although the twist on the focus from the shire reeve to Robin Hood does make it seem slightly less interesting, I still highly look forward to this.”
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