From Middle English yiven, from Old English ġiefan, from Proto-Germanic *gebaną, from Proto-Indo-European *gʰab(ʰ)-. Doublet of give, from Old Norse.
yive (third-person singular simple present yives, present participle yiving, simple past yave, past participle yiven)
- (transitive, obsolete) To give.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of John Gower to this entry?):
- To yive a man so litel thing / It were unworschipe in a king.