cove

1 [kohv]
noun
1.
a small indentation or recess in the shoreline of a sea, lake, or river.
2.
a sheltered nook.
3.
a hollow or recess in a mountain; cave; cavern.
4.
a narrow pass between woods or hills.
5.
a sheltered area between woods or hills.
6.
Architecture.
a.
a concave surface or molding.
b.
a concave surface forming part of a ceiling at its edge so as to eliminate the usual interior angle between the wall and ceiling.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), coved, coving.
7.
to make or become a cove.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English; Old English cofa cave, den, closet; cognate with Old Norse kofi hut, Greek gýpē cave

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cove

2 [kohv]
noun
1.
British Slang. a person; fellow.
2.
Australian Slang. a manager, especially of a sheep station.

Origin:
1560–70; said to be < Romany kova creature

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cove1 (kəʊv)
 
n
1.  a small bay or inlet, usually between rocky headlands
2.  a narrow cavern formed in the sides of cliffs, mountains, etc, usually by erosion
3.  a sheltered place
4.  architect Also called: coving a concave curved surface between the wall and ceiling of a room
 
vb
5.  (tr) to form an architectural cove in
 
[Old English cofa; related to Old Norse kofi, Old High German kubisi tent]

cove2 (kəʊv)
 
n
1.  old-fashioned, slang (Brit), (Austral) a fellow; chap
2.  (Austral) history an overseer of convict labourers
 
[C16: probably from Romany kova thing, person]

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cove
O.E. cofa "small chamber, cell," from P.Gmc. *kubon. Extension of meaning to "small bay" is 1590, apparently via Scot. dialectal meaning "small hollow place in coastal rocks" (c.950).
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Example sentences
He's a temperamental cove who wears his heart on his sleeve.
Where a band of solid rock gives way, waves claw at weaker clays behind to sculpt a cove or a bay.
Six tennis courts and a fitness center overlook the cove.
Or rent one of seven kayaks to explore the nooks and crannies of the protected cove.
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