"cove" Definition

Definitions for the word "cove" from multiple English dictionaries.

1. n.
1 small bay or creek. 2 sheltered recess. 3 moulding, esp. At the junction of a wall and a ceiling. v. (-ving) 1 provide (a room etc.) With a cove. 2 slope (the sides of a fireplace) inwards. [old english]
Source: Oxford English Dictionary, 1884
2. n.
Slang fellow, chap. [cant: origin unknown]
Source: Oxford English Dictionary, 1884
3. slang
or COVEY, a boy or man of any age or station. A term generally preceded by an expressive adjective, thus a “flash COVE,” a “rum COVE,” a “downy COVE,” &c. The feminine, COVESS, was once popular, but it has fallen into disuse. Originally ancient cant (temp. Henry VII.), COFE, or CUFFIN, altered in Decker’s time to COVE. _See Witts’ Recreations_, 1654: “there’s a gentry-COVE here,” _i.e._, a gentleman. Probably connected with CUIF, which, in the North of England, signifies a lout or awkward fellow. Amongst Negroes, CUFFEE.
Source: The Slang Dictionary, 1864

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