Main definitions of rover in English

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rover1

noun

  • 1A person who spends their time wandering.

    ‘they became rovers who departed further and further from civilization’
    • ‘But who is he, this invisible being that rules me, this unknowable being, this rover of a supernatural race?’
    • ‘I could take on a crew and sail to Canada in my own boat instead of booking passage, or turn into a rover of the sea, going where I please and doing what I like.’
    wanderer, traveller, globetrotter, drifter, bird of passage, roamer, itinerant, transient
    nomad, gypsy, romany
    tramp, vagrant, vagabond
    hobo
    gadabout
    landloper
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  • 2(in various sports) a player not restricted to a particular position on the field.

  • 3A vehicle for driving over rough terrain, especially one driven by remote control over extraterrestrial terrain.

  • 4Croquet
    A ball that has passed all the wickets but not pegged out.

    1. 4.1A player who has a rover ball.
  • 5Archery
    A target for long-distance shooting.

    1. 5.1A target chosen at random and not at a determined range.

Pronunciation:

rover

/ˈrōvər/

Main definitions of rover in English

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rover2

noun

Archaic
  • A sea robber; a pirate.

Origin

Middle English: from Middle Low German and Middle Dutch rōver, from rōven rob; related to reave.

Pronunciation:

rover

/ˈrōvər/

Main definitions of rover in English

: rover1rover2rover3

rover3

noun

  • A person or machine that makes roves of fiber (see rove)

    rove

Pronunciation:

rover

/ˈrōvər/