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[hey-ver] /ˈheɪ vər/
verb (used without object), Chiefly British.
to equivocate; vacillate.
Origin of haver
1780-90; origin uncertain


[khah-ver] /xɑˈvɛr/
noun, plural haverim
[khah-ve-reem] /ˌxɑ vɛˈrim/ (Show IPA).
friend; comrade; companion. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Historical Examples
  • Marritt was then called, and inquired if she had given the foul fiend any of her haver bread.

    Witch Stories E. Lynn (Elizabeth Lynn) Linton
  • "It was at a marriage in Glenurchy," said Aoirig in a haver, the pillows slipping down behind her back.

    The Lost Pibroch Neil Munro
  • I was nearer 'im by that time, an' it's an awfu' haver to say 'at he had a face to frichten fowk.

    A Window in Thrums J. M. Barrie
  • "There's haver's grocery," he cried, as they passed the red-brick store on a street corner.

    Sunny Boy in the Big City Ramy Allison White
  • Quem quiser ter que comer Trabalhe por aderencia: haver quanto quiser.

  • A man with a full purse engaged in commercial transactions is apt to "haver," or gossip freely.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • The latter is unquestionably right in his opinion about haver cake, haver in that instance being the German Hafer, Sw.

  • In Scotland and the north of England haver, meaning oats, is still used, as haver-meal or haver-bread.

British Dictionary definitions for haver


verb (intransitive) (Brit)
to dither
(Scot & Northern English, dialect) to talk nonsense; babble
(usually pl) (Scot) nonsense
Word Origin
C18: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for haver

"oats," Northern English, late 13c., probably from Old Norse hafre, from Proto-Germanic *habron- (cf. Old Norse hafri, Old Saxon havoro, Dutch haver, Old High German habaro, German Haber, Hafer). Buck suggests it is perhaps literally "goat-food" and compares Old Norse hafr "he-goat." "Haver is a common word in the northern countries for oats." [Johnson]

"owner, possessor," late 14c., agent noun from have.

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