from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Archaic spelling of reave.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Scotch spellings of reave, reaver.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • The word 'reive' in the second verse, not to be confused with 'reef', means to draw cord through eyelet holes; implying perhaps that Johnny will be doing a new kind of sewing. "

    My Johnny Was a Shoemaker

  • And the Duke must reive an invitation out of courtesy.

    The Outrageous Dowager

  • My people have little enough, and the Karsites regularly reive away what little they have!

    Arrow's Fall

  • Then in a skirl o 'rage, her face working,' The foul things o 'the deep shall reive the flesh from ye in your death, and in your lives ye shall mourn for the quiet streams o' fresh water and the sight of green things growing -- and never, never, never get nigh them .... '

    The McBrides A Romance of Arran

  • And the lairds are as bad as the loons; for if they dinna bid them gae reive and harry, the deil a bit they forbid them; and they shelter them, or let them shelter themselves, in their woods and mountains, and strongholds, whenever the thing's dune.

    Rob Roy

  • I won'er, now, could I conthrive to reive the top-cape off of this.

    Strangers at Lisconnel

  • Doobtless sic bairnies hae to suffer frae the prood jeedgment o 'their fellow-men and women, but they may get muckle guid and little ill frae that -- a guid naebody can reive them o'.

    Salted with Fire

  • It is a bad practice to receive a present from those Indians as they are never Satisfied for what they reive in return if ten time the value of the articles they gave.

    The Journals of Lewis and Clark, 1804-1806

  • These people are very fathless in Contracts; they frequently reive the merchindize in exchange for their horses and after

    The Journals of Lewis and Clark, 1804-1806

  • Creek's are out lets from the Small Lake which reive their water from the Small Streems running from the high land - great many Pamey Stones on the Shore of various Sises the wind blew hard - Reed a man who went back to Camp for his knife has not joined us. we camped at a Beaver house on the L.S. one Buck Killed to day -

    The Journals of Lewis and Clark, 1804-1806


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.