hove (v.1)

mid-13c., of birds, "remain suspended in air;" also generally, "to float, rise to the surface;" from c. 1300 as "wait in readiness or expectation;" late 14c. as "loom protectively over," also figurative, of unknown origin. In Middle English often of ships at anchor, standing off a coast. Common 13c.-16c., then superseded by its derivative, hover (v.)).

hove (v.2)

"to rise up, to swell," 1590s, evidently from heave (v.), perhaps from its past tense form hove.

updated on December 15, 2015