From (etyl) . More at (l).
* (l), (l), (l) (Scotland)
To remain suspended in air, water etc.; to float, to hover.
*1590 , (Edmund Spenser), (The Faerie Queene) , III.7:
*:As shee arrived on the roring shore, / In minde to leape into the mighty maine, / A little bote lay hoving her before.
To wait, linger.
To move (on) or (by).
To remain; delay.
To remain stationary (usually on horseback).
- Alle these xv knyghtes were knyghtes of the table round / Soo these with moo other came in to gyders / and bete on bak the kynge of Northumberland and the kynge of Northwalys / whan sir launcelot sawe this as he houed in a lytil leued woode / thenne he sayd vnto syre lauayn / see yonder is a company of good knyghtes
From (etyl) hoven, alteration (due to hove, hoven, past tense and past participle of ). More at (l).
(transitive, now, chiefly, dialectal) To raise; lift; hold up.
(intransitive, now, chiefly, dialectal) To rise.
* 1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , I.ii:
- Astond he stood, and vp his haire did houe , / And with that suddein horror could no member moue.
(obsolete, or, dialectal) (heave)
* 1884 , (Mark Twain), (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn), Chapter VIII:
- Pretty soon he gapped and stretched himself and hove off the blanket, and it was Miss Watson's Jim! I bet I was glad to see him.
From (etyl) cofa, from (etyl) . Cognate with German Koben, Swedish kofva. This word has probably survived as long as it has due to its coincidental phonetic resemblence to the unrelated word "cave".
(architecture) A concave vault or archway, especially the arch of a ceiling.
A small coastal inlet, especially one having high cliffs protecting vessels from prevailing winds.
(US) A strip of prairie extending into woodland.
A recess or sheltered area on the slopes of a mountain.
(nautical) The wooden roof of the stern gallery of an old sailing warship.
(nautical) A thin line, sometimes gilded, along a yacht's strake below deck level.
- vessels which were in readiness for him within secret coves and nooks
(architecture) To arch over; to build in a hollow concave form; to make in the form of a cove.
* H. Swinburne
- The mosques and other buildings of the Arabians are rounded into domes and coved roofs.
From (etyl) . Perhaps change in consonants due to lower class
(British) A fellow; a man.
(Australia) A friend; a mate.
* Abram cove
* bang up cove
Compare (etyl) couver, (etyl) covare. See covey.
To brood, cover, over, or sit over, as birds their eggs.
- Not being able to cove or sit upon them [eggs], she [the female tortoise] bestoweth them in the gravel.