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Date: 1500-1600
Origin: Perhaps from rave 'to wander' (14-19 centuries), probably from a Scandinavian language

rove

verb
     
rove
1 [intransitive and transitive] written to travel from one place to another [= roam]:
a salesman roving the country
2

roving reporter

someone who works for a newspaper or television company and moves from place to place
3 [intransitive] if someone's eyes rove, they look continuously from one part of something to another
rove over/around
Benedict's eyes roved boldly over her sleeping body.
4

have a roving eye

old-fashioned to always be looking for a chance to have romantic relationships - often used humorously

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