before 1000;Middle Englishbever,Old Englishbeofor, befor; cognate with GermanBiber,Lithuanianbebrùs,Latinfiber,Sanskritbabhrús reddish brown, large ichneumon
beaverlike, beaverish, adjective
Beaver as a term for a woman is perceived as insulting because it refers to the female in sexual terms. However, in the 1970s, it was CB radio slang, neutral in connotation and even used by women themselves as a term of self-reference.
[bee-ver] /ˈbi vər/
a piece of plate armor for covering the lower part of the face and throat, worn especially with an open helmet, as a sallet or basinet.
a piece of plate armor, pivoted at the sides, forming part of a close helmet below the visor or ventail.
1400-50;late Middle Englishbavier, bavour < Middle Frenchbaviere (Old French: bib), equivalent to bave spit, dribble + -iere < Latin-āria, feminine of -ārius-ary; alteration of vowel in the initial syllable is unexplained
a large amphibious rodent, Castor fiber, of Europe, Asia, and North America: family Castoridae. It has soft brown fur, a broad flat hairless tail, and webbed hind feet, and constructs complex dams and houses (lodges) in rivers
the fur of this animal
mountain beaver, a burrowing rodent, Aplodontia rufa, of W North America: family Aplodontidae
a tall hat of beaver fur or a fabric resembling it, worn, esp by men, during the 19th century
a woollen napped cloth resembling beaver fur, formerly much used for overcoats, etc
a greyish- or yellowish-brown
(obsolete) a full beard
a bearded man
(modifier) having the colour of beaver or made of beaver fur or some similar material a beaver lamb coat, a beaver stole
(intransitive) usually foll by away. to work industriously or steadily
Old English beofor; compare Old Norse biōrr, Old High German bibar, Latin fiber, Sanskrit babhrú red-brown
a movable piece on a medieval helmet used to protect the lower part of the face
C15: from Old French baviere, from baver to dribble
a member of a Beaver Colony, the youngest group of boys (aged 6–8 years) in the Scout Association
O.E. beofor (earlier bebr), from P.Gmc. *bebruz (cf. O.N. biorr, Low Ger. bever, O.H.G. bibar), from PIE *bhebhrus, reduplication of base *bhru- "brown" (cf. Lith. bebrus, Czech bobr, Welsh befer; see bear (n.) for reason for this). Gynecological sense ("female genitals, especially with a display of pubic hair") is 1927 British slang, transferred from earlier meaning "a bearded man" (1910), from the appearance of split beaver pelts.
The female genitals, esp with a display of pubic hair •First attested when the cry Beaver!, usually uttered at the sight of a bearded man, was uttered at the sight of a woman's pubic hair, seen through a keyhole (1920s+ British)
Pornography: The editor lovingly runs his beaver one column over from his furious tirade(1960s+)
(also beaver movie or beaver flick) A pornographic film; skin flick(1960s+)
A woman (1970s+ Citizens band)
A person who works hard and diligently (mid-1800s+)