haver
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈheɪvə/
  • (Scotland) IPA: /ˈheːvəɹ/
Verb

haver (havers, present participle havering; past and past participle havered)

  1. (British) To hem and haw
    • 1988, Alan Hollinghurst, The Swimming Pool Library, Penguin Books, paperback edition, page 154
      This didn't seem at all unlikely, but when I none the less havered, he insisted that his 'Egyptian fortune-teller' had confirmed it.
  2. (Scotland) To talk foolishly; to chatter.
    Synonyms: babble, haiver, maunder
    • 1988, The Proclaimers, I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)
      And if I haver, yeah I know I’m gonna be / I’m gonna be the man who’s havering to you.
    • 2004 James Campbell, "Boswell and Mrs. Miller", in The Genius of Language (ed. Wendy Lesser), page 194
      She havers on about her "faither" and "mirra" and the "wee wean," her child, and "hoo i wiz glaiket but bonny forby."
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈheɪvə/
  • (Scotland) IPA: /ˈheːvəɹ/
Noun

haver (plural havers)

  1. (UK, Scotland, dialect) oats (the cereal).
Pronunciation
  • (America) IPA: /ˈhævɚ/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈhævə/
Noun

haver (plural havers)

  1. One who has something; a possessor.
    • 1608, Shakespeare, Coriolanus (Act II, Scene 2)
      It is held / That valour is the chiefest virtue, and / Most dignifies the haver: if it be, / The man I speak of cannot in the world / Be singly counterpoised.
  2. (legal, Scotland) The person who has custody of a document.
Synonyms
Haver
Proper noun
  1. Surname



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