Rov"er (?), n. [D. roover a robber. See Rove, v. i.]


One who practices robbery on the seas; a pirate.

Yet Pompey the Great deserveth honor more justly for scouring the seas, and taking from the rovers 846 sail of ships. Holland.


One who wanders about by sea or land; a wanderer; a rambler.


Hence, a fickle, inconstant person.

4. Croquet

A ball which has passed through all the hoops and would go out if it hit the stake but is continued in play; also, the player of such a ball.

5. Archery (a)

Casual marks at uncertain distances.

Encyc. Brit.


A sort of arrow

. [Obs.]

All sorts, flights, rovers, and butt shafts. B. Jonson.

At rovers, at casual marks; hence, at random; as, shooting at rovers. See def. 5 (a) above. Addison.

Bound down on every side with many bands because it shall not run at rovers. Robynson (More's Utopia).


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