reaf

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English ref, reaf, from Old English rēaf (plunder, spoil, booty, raiment, garment, robe, vestment, armor), from Proto-Germanic *raubą, *raubaz (rape, robbery), from Proto-Indo-European *reup- (to rip, tear). Cognate with Scots ref (robbery, depredation, spoliation), Saterland Frisian roowje (loot, rob), Dutch roof (spoil, booty, robbery), German Raub (robbery, spoils, plunder). See also reave, robe.

Noun[edit]

reaf (plural reafs or reaves)

  1. (Now chiefly dialectal) Spoil; booty; plunder, especially plunder from robbery.
  2. (Now chiefly dialectal) The act of practise of robbery; spoliation; depredation.
  3. (Now chiefly dialectal) The act of carrying off, abducting, or devouring (another).
  4. (Now chiefly dialectal, Scotland) Rapacity; greedy desire for plunder.
  5. (Now chiefly dialectal, Scotland) A thief; robber.