bever
see also: Bever
Pronunciation Pronunciation
  • (Scotland) IPA: /ˈbɛ(ː)vəɹ/
Verb

bever (bevers, present participle bevering; past and past participle bevered)

  1. (intransitive) To tremble; shake; quiver; shiver.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte D'Arthur, page 25:
      Wherefore King Ban and King Bors made them ready, and dressed their shields and harness, and they were so courageous that many knights shook and bevered for eagerness.
Noun

bever (plural bevers)

  1. Alternative spelling of bevor
    • 1786, Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 8:
      Some close helmets have a farther improvement called a bever, the bever when closed covers the mouth and chin, and either lifts up by revolving on the same pivots as the visor, or lets down by means of two or more pivots on each side near the jaws, in which case the bever consists of several laminæ or plates, one shutting over the other.
Noun

bever (plural bevers)

  1. A drink.
    • J. Fletcher
      Bid my subsizar carry my hackney to the buttery, and give him his bever; it is a civil and sober beast, and will drink moderately.
  2. (now rare, archaic) A snack or light refreshment between meals.
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 2, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes, […], book II, printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], OCLC 946730821 ↗:
      It seemeth that wee daily shorten the use of this, and that in our houses (as I have seene in mine infancie) breakfasts, nunchions, and beavers {{transterm
    • 1604, Christopher Marlowe, Dr. Faustus:
      Thirty meals a day and ten bevers.
    • 1980, Anthony Burgess, Earthly Powers:
      Very softly I boiled water, made a sandwich from the remains of the luncheon roast chicken, scalded the Twining creature. Then I softly carried my bever to the study on a tray […].
  3. A time for drinking.
  4. A mixture of cider and water.
Synonyms Related terms Verb

bever (bevers, present participle bevering; past and past participle bevered)

  1. (obsolete) To take a light repast between meals.
Noun

bever (plural bevers)

  1. Obsolete form of beaver#English|beaver.

Bever
Proper noun
  1. Surname



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