from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A reeve; steward.
  • n. Armor for the shins, and occasionally the tops of the feet.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See grieve, an overseer.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An obsolete spelling of grieve.
  • n. A reeve; a steward.


From Middle English gryve, grayve, from Old Norse greifi ("a count, earl, steward"), akin to Swedish and Danish greve ("a count, earl"), Old English ġerēfa ("reeve"). More at reeve. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English greve, grayve, from Old French greve ("shin"), of unknown origin. (Wiktionary)



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