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Old English reafere "plundering forager," agent noun from reafian (see reave (v.)). Cf. Old Frisian ravere, Middle Dutch rover, Dutch roover, Old High German roubari, German Räuber.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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  • Am I to be shot at like a popinjay at a fair, by any reaver or outlaw that seeks a mark for his bow?

    Sir Nigel Arthur Conan Doyle

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