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[eev] /iv/
Usually, eaves. the overhanging lower edge of a roof.
Often, eaves. the overhanging edge of anything, as a hat.
Origin of eave
before 1000; Middle English eves, Old English efes; cognate with Old High German obisa, Gothic ubizwa hall; cf. above, over
Related forms
eaved, adjective
uneaved, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for eaves
  • He extended the eaves of the roof so they would block the summer sun but allow in winter light.
  • L eaves are divided fanwise into large, toothed leaflets.
  • If a skeleton can be said to cower, the bones of an apparently terrified dog huddled under the eaves of one roof.
  • Repairing rotten eaves fascias generally consists of replacing the damaged boards.
  • Train as espalier or on wire along eaves add to my plant list.
  • Another plan commonly adopted is to put money in the garret under the eaves.
  • Extended eaves over the stairs provide shade and temperature control.
  • Don't forget to water plants growing under house eaves where rain doesn't reach.
  • Crosses on the sandstone carvings around the house's eaves recall its former purpose.
  • The low roof and broad cantilevered eaves both beckoned to the horizon and provided shelter.
British Dictionary definitions for eaves


plural noun
the edge of a roof that projects beyond the wall
Word Origin
Old English efes; related to Gothic ubizwa porch, Greek hupsos height
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Word Origin and History for eaves

see eave.



1570s, from Southwest Midlands dialectal eovese (singular), from Old English efes "edge of a roof," also "edge of a forest," from Proto-Germanic *ubaswa-/*ubiswa (cf. Old Frisian ose "eaves," Old High German obasa "porch, hall, roof," German Obsen, Old Norse ups, Gothic ubizwa "porch;" German oben "above"), from the root of over. Treated as plural and a new singular form eave emerged 16c.

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