Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Scotch spellings of reave, reaver.

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  • verb Archaic spelling of reave.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 — Volume 02

  • 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 — Complete

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