from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In England, the steward or overseer of a wood or forest.
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You come to a spinney where a ride has been cut through by the woodreeve, and it is all in the same line.
When I drive the herds it shall be at the neighbours 'bidding whereso they will; not necks of men shall I smite, but the stalks of the tall wheat, and the boles of the timber-trees which the woodreeve hath marked for felling; the stilts of the plough rather than the hilts of the sword shall harden my hands; my shafts shall be for the deer, and my spears for the wood-boar, till war and sorrow fall upon us, and I fight for the ceasing of war and trouble.