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A back-formation from eaves, from a misinterpretation of the -s ending as forming a plural.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /iːv/
- (General American) IPA(key): /iv/
- Homophones: eve, Eve
- Rhymes: -iːv
eave (plural eaves)
- (architecture) Alternative form of eaves (“the underside of a roof that extends beyond the external walls of a building”) [from mid 18th c.]
- 2006 February, Jill Kirchner Simpson, “Building a Modular Home”, in Country Living, volume 29, number 2, page 51:
- Features such as shutters, eave brackets, transoms, a wraparound porch, and a pergola all help establish the style of this home.
- ^ “eave, n.”, in OED Online , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, December 2020.
- ^ Compare “eaves, n.”, in OED Online , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, December 2020; “eaves, n.”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–2022.
From Middle English even, from Old English ǣfen, from Proto-West Germanic *ābanþ.
- Jacob Poole (1867), William Barnes, editor, A Glossary, With some Pieces of Verse, of the old Dialect of the English Colony in the Baronies of Forth and Bargy, County of Wexford, Ireland, London: J. Russell Smith, page 37
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