From Middle English houve, howve, from Old English hūfe (“a covering for the head”), from Proto-Germanic *hūbǭ (“hood, cowl”), from Proto-Indo-European *kewp- (“to bend, curve, vault”). Cognate with Dutch huif (“hood, tent”), German Haube (“hood, bonnet, cap”), Swedish huva (“hood, bonnet, cap”), Icelandic húfa (“cap”).
houve (plural houves)
- (UK dialectal) A head covering of various kinds; a hood; a coif; a cap.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Chaucer to this entry?)
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.