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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 of slaver2
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English slaver (noun), slaveren (v.), probably < Scandinavian; compare Icelandic slafra to slobber
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Examples from the Web for slavered
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  • Crownwall had heard about creatures that slavered, but he had never before seen it done.

    Upstarts L. J. Stecher
  • They ran about in the sun, and slavered at the mouth till they died.

    Actions and Reactions Rudyard Kipling
  • The flaring torch he dashed full at a grisly muzzle that snapped and slavered at his legs.

    Darkness and Dawn George Allan England
  • Tom's pow simmered—it seethed—it foamed yeastily, and slavered like a mad dog!

  • Farther up is a livery stable, a mere hole in a pile of bricks, once red now slavered over with white-wash once white.

    The Barrel Mystery William J. (William James) Flynn
  • Vice mopped and mowed and slavered, obscene and hideous, within those gaudy covers.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • He saw the flashing forms of gray, the gleaming eyes, the lolling tongues, the slavered fangs.

    Children of the Frost Jack London
  • Meanwhile, the infant ruffian continued sucking; and glowered up at me defyingly, as he slavered into the jug.

    Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte
  • The beast has slavered over much that will be sold for human food afterwards.

  • When this fellow knelt before the picture and slavered it with his ugly mouth, a dizzy sensation of disgust came over me.

    The Land of Thor J. Ross Browne
British Dictionary definitions for slavered

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 slavered

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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