To drive, push; snow.
1. drive, drove2, from Old English drīfan, to drive, rush, from Germanic *drīban.
2. drift, from Middle English drift, drove, herd, akin to Old Norse drift, snowdrift, and Middle Dutch drift, herd, from Germanic zero-grade suffixed form *driftiz.
[Pokorny dhreibh- 274.]

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  • dhreibh- —     dhreibh     English meaning: to drive, to push     Deutsche Übersetzung: “treiben, stoßen” etc     Material: Goth. dreiban “drive, push, bump, poke”, O.N. drīfa “come pulling, pull, drag, stream” etc, O.E. drīfan “drive, push, hunt, chase,… …   Proto-Indo-European etymological dictionary

  • drift — {{11}}drift (n.) c.1300, lit. a being driven (of snow, etc.); not recorded in Old English; either a suffixed form of drive (v.) (Cf. thrift/thrive) or borrowed from O.N. drift snow drift, or M.Du. drift pasturage, drove, flock, both from P.Gmc.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • drive — [drīv] vt. drove, driven, driving [ME driven < OE drifan, akin to Goth dreiban, Ger treiben, ON drīfa < IE base * dhreibh , to push] 1. to force to go; urge onward; push forward 2. to force into or from a state or act [driven mad] 3. to… …   English World dictionary

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