- simple past tense of shrive
shrove (third-person singular simple present shroves, present participle shroving, simple past and past participle shroved)
- (obsolete) To join in the festivities of Shrovetide.
- (obsolete, by extension) To make merry.
- 1626 February 13 (licensing date), Francis Beaumont; John Fletcher, “The Noble Gentleman”, in Comedies and Tragedies […], London: […] Humphrey Robinson, […], and for Humphrey Moseley […], published 1647, →OCLC, (please specify the act number in uppercase Roman numerals, and the scene number in lowercase Roman numerals):
- Servant, your counsel's excellent good, >br>And shall be follow'd, 'twill be rarely strange
To see him stated thus, as though he went
A shroving through the City
“shrove”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.