2 [reev]
verb (used with object), rove or reeved, roven or reeved, reeving. Nautical.
to pass (a rope or the like) through a hole, ring, or the like.
to fasten by placing through or around something.
to pass a rope through (the swallow of a block).

1620–30; < Dutch reven to reef; see reef2 Unabridged
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reeve1 (riːv)
1.  English history Compare sheriff the local representative of the king in a shire (under the ealdorman) until the early 11th century
2.  (in medieval England) a manorial steward who supervised the daily affairs of the manor: often a villein elected by his fellows
3.  canadian government (in certain provinces) a president of a local council, esp in a rural area
4.  (formerly) a minor local official in any of several parts of England and the US
[Old English gerēva; related to Old High German ruova number, array]

reeve2 (riːv)
vb , reeves, reeving, reeved, rove
1.  to pass (a rope or cable) through an eye or other narrow opening
2.  to fasten by passing through or around something
[C17: perhaps from Dutch rēvenreef²]

reeve3 (riːv)
the female of the ruff (the bird)
[C17: of uncertain origin]

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Word Origin & History

"steward," O.E. gerefa, of unknown origin and with no known cognates. Not connected to Ger. Graf (see margrave). An Anglo-Saxon official of high rank, having local jurisdiction under a king. Cf. sheriff.
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