manoeuvre

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See also: manœuvre and manœuvré

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French manœuvre (manipulation, manoeuvre) and manouvrer (to manoeuvre), from Old French manovre (handwork, manual labour), from Medieval Latin manopera, manuopera (work done by hand, handwork), from manu (by hand) + operari (to work). First recorded in the Capitularies of Charlemagne (800 AD) to mean "chore, manual task", probably as a calque of the Frankish *handwerc (hand-work). Compare Old English handweorc, Old English handġeweorc, German Handwerk.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /məˈnuːvə/
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  • (US, Canada) IPA(key): /məˈnuːvɚ/
  • Rhymes: -uːvə(ɹ)
  • Hyphenation: ma‧noeu‧vre

Noun[edit]

manoeuvre (plural manoeuvres)

  1. UK, Canada, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand spelling of maneuver.

Verb[edit]

manoeuvre (third-person singular simple present manoeuvres, present participle manoeuvring, simple past and past participle manoeuvred)

  1. (transitive) UK, Canada, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand spelling of maneuver.
    • 1959 November, “Talking of Trains: S.R. Motor Luggage Vans”, in Trains Illustrated, page 523:
      Three pairs of double doors are provided on each side, wide enough to take pallet trucks, and strengthened floors to allow the trucks to manoeuvre inside the vehicle.

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