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slaver1

[sley-ver] /ˈsleɪ vər/
noun
1.
a dealer in or an owner of slaves.
Origin of slaver1
1815-1825
1815-25; slave + -er1

slaver2

[slav-er, sley-ver, slah-] /ˈslæv ər, ˈsleɪ vər, ˈslɑ-/
verb (used without object)
1.
to let saliva run from the mouth; slobber; drool.
2.
to fawn.
verb (used with object)
3.
Archaic. to smear with saliva.
noun
4.
saliva coming from the mouth.
5.
Origin
1275-1325; Middle English slaver (noun), slaveren (v.), probably < Scandinavian; compare Icelandic slafra to slobber
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  • From this I concluded that a sail had been sighted—a slaver possibly.

    In the Wilds of Africa W.H.G. Kingston
  • She may be a slaver, and if so, I know not whether we should be better off than we now are.

    The Three Midshipmen W.H.G. Kingston
  • For equipping a slaver, a fine of $20,000 and forfeiture of the ship.

  • The breeze was freshening, and the slaver made all sail away from the boat.

    The Three Midshipmen W.H.G. Kingston
  • Still he was not the man to allow a slaver to pass him without attempting to capture her, inferior as he might be to her in force.

    The Three Midshipmen W.H.G. Kingston
  • “You are known to be a slaver, and we have come to capture you,” answered Hemming, bluntly.

    The Three Midshipmen W.H.G. Kingston
  • Sometimes a whaler, sometimes a cod fisher, sometimes a slaver.

    The Missouri Outlaws Gustave Aimard
  • And now the array of the enemy is but half a mile distant from the slaver's position.

    The Sign of the Spider Bertram Mitford
  • "One never knows what is coming in these waters," said the slaver.

    The Sun Of Quebec Joseph A. Altsheler
  • Of all calamities that occur in the voyage of a slaver, this is the most dreaded and unmanageable.

    Captain Canot Brantz Mayer
British Dictionary definitions for slaver

slaver1

/ˈsleɪvə/
noun
1.
an owner of or dealer in slaves
2.
another name for slave ship

slaver2

/ˈslævə/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to dribble saliva
2.
(often foll by over)
  1. to fawn or drool (over someone)
  2. to show great desire (for); lust (after)
noun
3.
saliva dribbling from the mouth
4.
(informal) drivel
Derived Forms
slaverer, noun
Word Origin
C14: probably of Low Dutch origin; related to slobber
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Word Origin and History for slaver
v.

"dribble from the mouth," early 14c., from Old Norse slafra "to slaver," probably imitative (cf. slobber (v.)). Related: Slavered; slavering. The noun is from early 14c.

n.

"ship in the slave trade," 1830, agent noun from slave (v.). Meaning "person in the slave trade" is from 1842.

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