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[droh-ver] /ˈdroʊ vər/
a person who drives cattle or sheep to market.
a dealer in cattle.
Origin of drover
1350-1400; Middle English. See drove2, -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He worked for years, when I was a child, as a drover of cattle from the Highlands into England.

    Bonnie Prince Charlie G. A. Henty
  • Taffy was the name of this fellow from Denbigh, in Wales, and he was a drover.

    Welsh Fairy Tales William Elliott Griffis
  • Dalness lies in Glen Etive, at a gusset of hills on either side of which lie paths known to the drover and the adventurer.

    John Splendid Neil Munro
  • Brown, who was very clever, had raised himself from being an Irish drover.

    Cattle and Cattle-breeders William M'Combie
  • The drover provided him a hearty breakfast in the morning, and Noddy was in no haste.

    Work and Win Oliver Optic
  • After a day's rest I crossed the ferry with the cattle, assisted by the drover.

    Cattle and Cattle-breeders William M'Combie
  • He was a drover, and started squatting here when they were married.

    While the Billy Boils Henry Lawson
  • "Ye've cut him short," he said at length, swinging round on the drover.

    Bob, Son of Battle Alfred Ollivant
  • I got away with the cattle all right, and the drover in charge was told to do all he could for me.

    Robbery Under Arms Thomas Alexander Browne, AKA Rolf Boldrewood
  • I do not see what is amiss in the life of a drover, such as I hope to be one of these days.

    John Deane of Nottingham W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for drover


a person whose occupation is the driving of sheep or cattle, esp to and from market
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for drover

early 15c. (late 13c. as a surname), agent noun from drove (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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