- (UK) IPA(key): /dɹəʊv/
- Rhymes: -əʊv
- (US) IPA: , X-SAMPA: /dr\oUv/
- (Can we verify this pronunciation?) IPA(key): /ˈdɹɔʊf/
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From Middle English drove, drof, draf, from Old English drāf (“action of driving; a driving out, expulsion; drove, herd, band; company, band; road along which cattle are driven”), from Proto-Germanic *draibō (“a drive, push, movement, drove”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰreibʰ- (“to drive, push”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰer- (“cloudy, dirty, muddy”). Cognate with Scots drave, dreef (“drove, crowd”), Dutch dreef (“a walkway, wide road with trees, drove”), Middle High German treip (“a drove”), Swedish drev (“a drive, drove”), Icelandic dreif (“a scattering, distribution”). More at drive.
drove (plural droves)
- A number of cattle driven to market or new pastures.
- (usually in the plural) A large number of people on the move (literally or figuratively).
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- A road or track along which cattle are habitually driven
- simple past tense of .
1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 2, The Celebrity:
- I had occasion […] to make a somewhat long business trip to Chicago, and on my return […] I found Farrar awaiting me in the railway station. He smiled his wonted fraction by way of greeting, […], and finally leading me to his buggy, turned and drove out of town.
- To herd cattle; particularly over a long distance.