rove (v.) "to wander with no fixed destination," 1530s, possibly a Midlands dialectal variant of northern English and Scottish rave "to wander, stray," from M.E. raven, probably from O.N. rafa "to wander, rove." Influenced by ROVER (Cf. rover). Earliest sense was "to shoot arrows at a mark selected at pleasure or at random" (late 15c.). Related: Roved; roving.

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