Main meanings of screeve in English

: screeve1screeve2

screeve1

Pronunciation /skriːv/

verb

Scottish, Irish
  • 1To peel or tear off (something).

  • 2To make a scraping sound or motion.

Origin

Late Middle English; earliest use found in Palladius' De Re Rustica. Origin uncertain.

Main meanings of screeve in English

: screeve1screeve2

screeve2

Pronunciation /skriːv/

verb

slang
  • To draw or write on paving stones; especially to create pictures on paving stones, typically using coloured chalks and frequently in order to earn money from passers-by.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Exposure of Impositions practised by Vagrants. Probably a variant of scrieve in specialized semantic use.