Etymology 1Edit

By analogy with class 1 strong verbs such as drive : drove; compare nearly standard American English dove as the past tense of dive.




  1. (nonstandard) simple past tense of arrive
    • 1867, Frances M. Whitcher, Widow Spriggins, Mary Elmer, and Other Sketches:
      Arter we arrove there Jabez axed me whether Ide be married there or wait till we got to Higgins Patent.
    • 1884, Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth, Ishmael: Or, In the Depths, page 448:
      I arrove about sunrise at the 'Planter's' jest as the 'Powhatan' was a steaming up to the wharf; and so I druv on to de wharf to see if de judge and his darter was a-board, and sure nuff dere dey was!
    • 1898, The complete works of Artemus Ward:
      About two years ago I arrove in Oberlin, Ohio. Oberlin is whare the celebrated college is. In lack, Oberlin is the college, everything else in that air vicinity resolvin around excloosivly for the benefit of that institution.
    • 1985, James A. Michener, Texas: A Novel, page 390:
      The sawmill man called everyone Buster, and when he had Finlay seated on one of the pilings of a wharf he explained: "Cattle been breedin' free in Texas since the Creation, or as some say, since the Spaniards arrove."
Usage notesEdit

Etymology 2Edit


arrove (plural arroves)

  1. (obsolete) Alternative form of arroba (Spanish unit of measure)
    • 1711, J. Stevens, The rule established in Spain for the trade in the West Indies:
      And it is to be observ'd, That these Pipes are to be of the size appointed by the Orginances of Sevil, which are to hold 27 Arroves a Pipe, an Arrove liquid being 32 Pounds.
    • 1785, An authentic and accurate journal of the late siege of Gibraltar, page 75:
      Damaged biscuit is now sold for upwars of two reals the pound; firewood, three dollars the quintal; charcoal, two dollars the arrove; onions, four reals the pound; an old ox was killed lately, and fold for eight reals the pound.
    • 1821, Patrick Kelly, The Universal Cambist, and commercial instructor, page 6:
      The King's Weight at the Custom House at Alicant is the Castile Quintal of 4 Arroves; and the Arrove contains 25 pounds of 16 Ounces each, goldd and silver weight.