Meaning of reive in English:


Pronunciation /riːv/


[no object] historical Scottish
  • Carry out raids in order to plunder cattle or other goods.

    ‘Yet, in the absence of the traditional ruling magnates to supervise border rule and defence, the region's precarious peace dissolved into feuds and reiving.’
    • ‘Reiving was not confined to cross boundary targets.’
    • ‘The problem fluctuated in intensity, despite the energetic efforts of the new regime to break the reiving clans.’


Middle English variant of reave; the usual spelling when referring to the historical practice of cattle-raiding on the Scottish Borders.