dave

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English deven, deaven ‎(to make deaf), from Old English dēafian ‎(to wax or become deaf) and Old Norse deyfa ‎(to make deaf, make blunt, numb, soothe, allay). Cognate with Norwegian dialectal døyva ‎(to deafen, make dull).

Verb[edit]

dave ‎(third-person singular simple present daves, present participle daving, simple past and past participle daved)

  1. (transitive, Britain dialectal) To assuage; soften; mitigate; relieve; calm; alleviate (pain).