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rov·er 1

a. One that roves; a wanderer.
b. A crewed or uncrewed vehicle, used especially in exploring the terrain of a planet or other celestial object.
2. Sports A mark in archery selected by chance.

ro·ver 2

1. A pirate.
2. A pirate vessel.

[Middle English, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German, robber, from roven, to rob; see reup- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. a person who roves; wanderer
2. (Archery) archery a mark selected at random for use as a target
3. (Croquet) croquet a ball that has been driven through all the hoops but has not yet hit the winning peg
4. (Australian Rules Football) Australian rules football one of the three players in the ruck, usually smaller than the other two, selected for his agility in play
5. (Aeronautics) a small remote-controlled vehicle which roams over rough, esp extraterrestrial, terrain taking photographs, gathering rock and soil samples, etc
[C15: from rove1]


(Nautical Terms) a pirate or pirate ship
[C14: probably from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German, from roven to rob]


(Textiles) a machine for roving wool, cotton, etc, or a person who operates such a machine


(ˈrəʊvə) or

Rover Scout

Brit the former name for Venture Scout
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(ˈroʊ vər)

1. a person who roves; wanderer.
a. a mark selected at random in archery.
b. one of a group of fixed marks at a long distance.
c. an archer who shoots at such a mark.


(ˈroʊ vər)

1. a pirate.
2. a pirate ship.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Middle Dutch or Middle Low German: robber =rov(en) to rob, reave1 + -er -er1]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rover - someone who leads a wandering unsettled liferover - someone who leads a wandering unsettled life
traveler, traveller - a person who changes location
nomad - a member of a people who have no permanent home but move about according to the seasons
drifter, vagrant, vagabond, floater - a wanderer who has no established residence or visible means of support
2.rover - an adult member of the Boy Scouts movement
Boy Scout - a boy who is a member of the Boy Scouts
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Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
جَوّال، طَوّاف


[ˈrəʊvəʳ] Nvagabundo/a m/f
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(= wanderer)Vagabund(in) m(f)
(also Rover Scout)Rover m
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(rəuv) verb
to wander; to roam. He roved (through) the streets.
ˈrover noun
ˈroving adjective
a roving band of robbers.
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References in classic literature ?
And I was part of it, a chesty sea- rover along with all these other chesty sea-rovers among the paper houses of Japan.
Precaution, 1820; The Spy, 1821; The Pioneers, 1823; The Pilot, 1823; Lionel Lincoln, or the Leaguer of Boston, 1825; The Last of the Mohicans, 1826; The Prairie, 1827; The Red Rover, 1828; Notions of the Americans, 1828; The Wept of Wish-ton-Wish, 1829; The Water-witch,
Such was Regis Brugiere, a freeman and rover of the wilderness.
Rover too;--you might get up Rover while you were about it, and Cassio, and Jeremy Diddler.
The Assistant Commissioner watched the bullet head; the points of that Norse rover's moustache, falling below the line of the heavy jaw; the whole full and pale physiognomy, whose determined character was marred by too much flesh; at the cunning wrinkles radiating from the outer corners of the eyes - and in that purposeful contemplation of the valuable and trusted officer he drew a conviction so sudden that it moved him like an inspiration.
The first was this: our ship making her course towards the Canary Islands, or rather between those islands and the African shore, was surprised in the grey of the morning by a Turkish rover of Sallee, who gave chase to us with all the sail she could make.
Poor rover! will ye never have done with all this weary roving?
A strange word for the old rover; but we all have a taste for home and the home-like, disguise it how we may.
Once in the course of a half century, to be sure, some adventurous rover would break in upon their peaceful repose.
Such was the fate of Major Henry Vanderburgh, one of the best and worthiest leaders of the American Fur Company, who by his manly bearing and dauntless courage is said to have made himself universally popular among the bold-hearted rovers of the wilderness.
Yet I will promise you that on our way we shall find time to pass Freshwater and to prevail upon these rovers to leave you in peace."
From these rovers, however, notwithstanding the lateness of the hour Cedric and Athelstane accounted themselves secure, as they had in attendance ten servants, besides Wamba and Gurth, whose aid could not be counted upon, the one being a jester and the other a captive.