Middle English Dictionary Entry

greive n.
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

(a) A steward; headman of a town or village; also, a royal official; (b) as surname; also in cpds.: bern ~, fen ~ [see also plough ~, wode ~].

Supplemental Materials (draft)

  • a1500 ?Nassyngton SV (Sln 1785)p.38 : A covert thefte dos he in case Wich kepynge of his lordis goodis hase As bailyfes, sergeaunt of grayve That falles his lordis rent receyve.
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