AskDefine | Define reeve

Dictionary Definition

reeve n : female ruff


1 pass a rope through; "reeve an opening"
2 pass through a hole or opening; "reeve a rope"
3 fasten by passing through a hole or around something [also: rove]

User Contributed Dictionary




Old English rēfa, an apheticism of ġerēfa.


  1. A local official, the chief magistrate of an area.
  2. The president of a township or municipal district council.
  3. To pass a rope through a hole or opening.

Extensive Definition

Reeve may refer to:
Reeve may also be:
People with the surname Reeve:
See also variants:
reeve in German: Reeve
reeve in Polish: Wójt
reeve in Swedish: Fogde

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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