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- (dialectal) past participle of
- 1870 August, “Bobbit’s Hotel”, in J[ohn] T[ownsend] Trowbridge and Lucy Larcom, editors, Our Young Folks. An Illustrated Magazine for Boys and Girls., volume IV, number VIII, Boston: Fields, Osgood, & Co., […], page 484:
- “Now,” said Bobbit, with an amazing chuckle for a boy who was going to give to-morrow’s dinner to another boy, “you walk right along as ef you was going to walk a mile, and when you see I ’ve doven — dive!” The next they knew after that, Bobbit had “doven” into the old engine boiler, and they after him.
- 1879, Josiah Allen’s Wife [pen name; Marietta Holley], “How Serepta Carried the Meetin’ House”, in Josiah Allen’s Wife as a P.A. and P.I. Samantha at the Centennial. […], Hartford, Conn.: American Publishing Company, page 242:
- Knowin’ what I do know, divin’ deep into the heights and depths of men’s naters as I have doven, I knew that this would break Serepta’s chains.
- 1879, Josiah Allen’s Wife [pen name; Marietta Holley], “Tirzah Ann’s Summer Strip”, in Peterson’s Magazine, volume seventy-sixth, […] Illman Brothers, pages 40 (part I) and 120 (part II), column 2:
- I didn’t go onto the heights and depths of filosofy, on which I so many times had flew and doven; […] But not studyin’ it out as I have, not divin’ into the subject so deep as I have doven, it galled Tirzah Ann to see Mrs. Skidmore put on such airs.
- 1880, Josiah Allen’s Wife (Marietta Holley), My Wayward Pardner; or, My Trials with Josiah, America, The Widow Bump, and Etcetery, Hartford, Conn.: American Publishing Company, published 1882, pages 146, 177, 294, 298, and 301:
- Says I, feelin’ more and more eloquent as I dove further and further into the depths of the subject than I had doven—and the more I went on about it the more carried away I wuz and lost, till before I had gone on 2 minutes I was entirely by the side of myself, and carried completely out of Kellup Cobb’s presence, out of Josiah Allen’s kitchen, out into the mighty waste of mystery that floats all round Jonesville and the world: […] I knew this, divin’ into the mysterious ingregiencies of men’s naters so deep as I had doven, I knew this great filisofical fact as well as I knew the dimensions of the nose on my pardner’s face. […] But not bein’ jealous dispositioned by nater, and and[sic] havin’ so many other things to think of—soarin’ and divin’ so high and deep into curious and solemn subjects as I have soared and doven, I s’pose folks might feel milds and milds above me, and I not mistrust what they was a doin’; never find it out in the world unless I was told of it. […] Says I, “You’ll find, as a general thing, that they are the very ones who do it. They are the very ones who put on the most airs, and they do it because they have to. Why,” says I, “divin’ so deep into filosify as I have doven, it is jest as plain to me as anything can be, that if anybody has got uncommon goodness, or intellect, or beauty, or wealth, and an assured position, they don’t have to put on the haughtiness and airs that them do that hain’t got nothin’. […] I thought I wouldn’t go into the heights and depths of felosophy in which I had flew and doven—she had heard me time and agin, and eloquence is very tuckerin’ especially after you have been doin’ a hard day’s work—so I merely said: […]
- 1911, Josiah Allen’s Wife (Marietta Holley), “In Which I Continue My Search for Josiah Through Dreamland, Huntin’ for Him in Vain, and Return to Bildad’s at Night, Weary and Despairin’”, in Samantha at Coney Island and a Thousand Other Islands, New York: The Christian Herald, […], page 283:
- But I sez, “Nobody can dive into deeper depths than I have doven to-day.” / “The ocean?” sez she. / “Oceans of anxiety,” sez I, “rivers of grief.”
- 1914, Marietta Holley, “In Which I Resolve to Write a Book”, in Josiah Allen on the Woman Question, Fleming H. Revell Company, pages 16 and 20:
- And in divin’ back into history as fur as I’ve doven I want to give suitable credit to my chumb, Uncle Simon Bentley. […] I wuz astounded to see how deep Uncle Sime had doven into the great mysteries of human existence, not but what I’d have thought it out myself, if I’d had time from fambly cares.
- 1995 May 14, Jack Todd, “Crawford says Nordiques a victim of Rangers’ dirty ‘doven’”, in The Gazette, Montreal, Que., page D5, column 3:
- “These guys have diven – have ‘doven’ – the whole series,” Crawford told this reporter. “We’re not supposed to talk about the refs, but the league has a rule for this. It’s been a big factor in this series, the diving of Kovalev. He’s a gold medalist in diving.
- 2005, Olin Thompson, The Long Ride (Dean and Egan, the Story of Two Families; first volume), Bookwarren, →ISBN, page 27:
- “The last man out had grabbed a half empty bottle off the counter near the door, two cowboys there had doven under a table to escape the bullets from them two crazy shooters.”
- 2014, Isabel Cole, transl., The Thing Which Fell From the Heavens, Tredition, translation of original by Gerd Maximovič, →ISBN:
- As soon as he had doven into the planet he had learned how to multiply his strength.
- 2015, LT Wulf, The World King; Book I: The Reckoning, →ISBN:
- I peekt up and lookt over where Badr had doven and he was already looking my way.
- Alternative form of
- 1974, Jewish Life, page 12, column 2:
- We played at this intelligence base, and then dovened Maariv, again word by word.
|Inflection of doven|
|1) When an adjective is applied predicatively to something definite, the corresponding "indefinite" form is used.|
2) The "indefinite" superlatives may not be used attributively.
|Inflection of doven (weak)|
|present tense||past tense|
|1st person singular||doof||doofde|
|2nd person sing. (jij)||dooft||doofde|
|2nd person sing. (u)||dooft||doofde|
|2nd person sing. (gij)||dooft||doofde|
|3rd person singular||dooft||doofde|
See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.
- Plural form of dove
- “doven” in The Bokmål Dictionary.
- “doven” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.