greeve

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English gryve, grayve, from Old Norse greifi ‎(a count, earl, steward), akin to Swedish and Danish greve ‎(a count, earl), Old English ġerēfa ‎(reeve). More at reeve.

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Noun[edit]

greeve ‎(plural greeves)

  1. (Britain dialectal) A reeve; steward.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English greve, grayve, from Old French greve ‎(shin), of unknown origin.

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Noun[edit]

greeve ‎(plural greeves)

  1. Armor for the shins, and occasionally the tops of the feet.
    • 1786, Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 22:
      For the defence of the legs were worn a sort of iron boots, called Greeves.