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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ After a reeve has mated she departs from the lek to lay her eggs and rears her young by herself.
▪ For some time there was a conflict of jurisdiction between the bishop's reeves and the interests of the Gild Merchant.
▪ It was the elderly reeve, Fulk.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Reve \Reve\, n. [See Reeve.] An officer, steward, or governor. [Usually written reeve.] [Obs.]
--Piers Plowman.


Ruff \Ruff\, n. [Of uncertain origin: cf. Icel. r[umc]finn rough, uncombed, Pr. ruf rude, rough, Sp. rufo frizzed, crisp, curled, G. raufen to pluck, fight, rupfen to pluck, pull, E. rough. [root]18. Cf. Ruffle to wrinkle.]

  1. A muslin or linen collar plaited, crimped, or fluted, worn formerly by both sexes, now only by women and children.

    Here to-morrow with his best ruff on.

    His gravity is much lessened since the late proclamation came out against ruffs; . . . they were come to that height of excess herein, that twenty shillings were used to be paid for starching of a ruff.

  2. Something formed with plaits or flutings, like the collar of this name.

    I reared this flower; . . . Soft on the paper ruff its leaves I spread.

  3. An exhibition of pride or haughtiness.

    How many princes . . . in the ruff of all their glory, have been taken down from the head of a conquering army to the wheel of the victor's chariot!

  4. Wanton or tumultuous procedure or conduct. [Obs.]

    To ruffle it out in a riotous ruff.

  5. (Mil.) A low, vibrating beat of a drum, not so loud as a roll; a ruffle.

  6. (Mach.) A collar on a shaft ot other piece to prevent endwise motion. See Illust. of Collar.

  7. (Zo["o]l.) A set of lengthened or otherwise modified feathers round, or on, the neck of a bird.

  8. (Zo["o]l.)

    1. A limicoline bird of Europe and Asia ( Pavoncella pugnax, syn. Philomachus pugnax) allied to the sandpipers. The males during the breeding season have a large ruff of erectile feathers, variable in their colors, on the neck, and yellowish naked tubercles on the face. They are polygamous, and are noted for their pugnacity in the breeding season. The female is called reeve, or rheeve.

    2. A variety of the domestic pigeon, having a ruff of its neck.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"steward," Old English gerefa "king's officer," of unknown origin and with no known cognates. Not connected to German Graf (see margrave). An Anglo-Saxon official of high rank, having local jurisdiction under a king. Compare sheriff.


Etymology 1 n. (context historical English) Any of several local officials, with varying responsibilities. Etymology 2

vb. (context nautical dialect English) To pass a rope through a hole or opening, especially so as to fasten it. Etymology 3

n. A female of the species ''Philomachus pugnax'', a highly gregarious, medium-sized wading bird of Eurasia; the male is a ruff.

  1. n. female ruff

  2. v. pass a rope through; "reeve an opening"

  3. pass through a hole or opening; "reeve a rope"

  4. fasten by passing through a hole or around something

  5. [also: rove]


Reeve may refer to:

Reeve (England)

Originally in Anglo-Saxon England the reeve was a senior official with local responsibilities under the Crown e.g. as the chief magistrate of a town or district. Subsequently, after the Norman conquest, it was an office held by a man of lower rank, appointed as manager of a manor and overseer of the peasants. In this later role, historian H. R. Loyn observes, "he is the earliest English specialist in estate management."

Reeve (surname)

Reeve is a surname. Some notable persons with the surname include:

  • Ada Reeve (1874–1966), English actress
  • Arthur B. Reeve (1880–1936), American author
  • Arthur Stretton Reeve (1907–1981), Bishop of Lichfield
  • Arthur W.V. Reeve (1913 – c. 1994), Scouting New Zealand notable, awardee of the Bronze Wolf in 1979
  • Birdie Reeve Kay (1907–1996), American champion typist
  • C. D. C. Reeve (born 1948), American philosopher
  • Cheryl Reeve, American basketball head coach
  • Chris Reeve (born 1953), American knife maker
  • Christopher Reeve (1952–2004), actor, director, producer and writer
  • Clara Reeve (1729–1807), English novelist
  • Dana Reeve (1961–2006), actress, singer and activist
  • Dermot Reeve (born 1963), former English cricketer
  • Donald Reeve (1923-1994), British civil engineer
  • Ella Reeve Bloor (1862–1951), American labor organizer and activist
  • F.D. Reeve (1928 - 2013), American poet
  • Geoffrey Reeve (1932–2010), British movie director and producer
  • Henry Reeve (journalist) (1813–1895), English journalist
  • Henry Reeve (soldier) (1850–1876), Brigadier General in Cuba's 'Ejército Libertador'
  • Isaac Van Duzen Reeve (1813–1890), soldier in the United States Army
  • James H. Reeve, UK broadcaster, journalist, raconteur and radio phone-in host
  • Jill Reeve (born 1969), former American field hockey defender
  • Joel Reeve (1901–1988), pseudonym of American author William Robert Cox
  • John Reeve (religious leader) (1608–1658), English prophet and author
  • John Reeve (businessman), British CEO of Willis Group Holdings
  • John Reeve Lavell (1857–1925), lawyer and political figure in Ontario
  • John N. Reeve, American microbiologist
  • Lovell Augustus Reeve (1814–1865), malacologist
  • Martin Reeve, British actor
  • Paul Reeve, British record producer
  • Philip Reeve (born 1966), British author and illustrator
  • Robert Campbell Reeve (1902–1980), founder of Reeve Aleutian Airlines
  • Sally Reeve (born 1971), British actress
  • Simon Reeve (disambiguation)
  • Stephanie Reeve, English actress
  • Sue Reeve (born 1951), English long jumper
  • Tapping Reeve (1744–1823), American lawyer and law educator
  • Ted Reeve (1902–1983), multi-sport Canadian athlete and sports journalist
  • Thomas Reeve (1673–1737), British justice
  • William Reeve (1757–1815), English theatre composer and organist
  • William Day Reeve (1844–1925), Anglican priest

Usage examples of "reeve".

The hole in the cascabel for reeving a breeching has been purposely omitted in howitzers, as hitherto the use of a breeching has not been found necessary.

Some harpooneers will consume almost an entire morning in this business, carrying the line high aloft and then reeving it downwards through a block towards the tub, so as in the act of coiling to free it from all possible wrinkles and twists.

One of those Benton boys was at the wheel, and before I knew what he was doing, the other was out on the gaff with the end of the new downhaul, trying to reeve it through its block.

Liza Reeves, copy editor Jean Maund, and test readers Val Gemmell and Stella Graham.

This President was starting from scratch on most issues and relying on ideologues like Larry Lindsey, Karl Rove, and, he now feared, his old friend Dick.

The new canvas was laid out on the deck, the sheets already reeved into the clews and earing cringles, but it took an hour Of hard, dangerous work before her white canvas was brought down and stowed away, and the sails that were daubed with pitch were hoist to the yards and unfurled.

He feels a fierce wind blowing out of the viewplate and through the ship, the khamsin, the sirocco, the simoom, the leveche, a sultry wind, a killing wind coming out of the gray strangeness, all the grim, dry deadly winds that rove the Earth bringing fire and madness, hot winds and cold ones, the mistral, the tramontana.

He was a countryman by his ruddy face and the dust on his square-toed boots and leather breeches, but from his dress he might be reeve or steward or verderer or petty squire.

Reeves Chubb begged off, saying he had a lot of work to get done, and I knew that sooner or later Weede would make him suffer for that little bit of whitewash.

The moot reeve informed His Majesty that the witenagemot of Baelmark had answered his summons, as if he were blind and could not see that for himself.

There was a Reeve Board up here for him to use and he could rig the hydrotherapy bath for swimming against a current.

Reeves is a 66-year-old retired New York City longshoreman, who lives alone in a small house at the site of his trailer court.

General Reeve and the new Burgon are on their way to Aduaidh Prime and Paton is a few clicks behind us.

Nnanji will not be satisfied to be merely reeve of some polliwog village?

The historians of the island have been capable and in the main judicious, and to the works of Reeves, Bonnycastle, Pedley, Hatton, Harvey, and above all Chief Justice Prowse, and more recently to J.