Word of the DaySaturday, June 16, 2001
\SLAV-uhr; SLAY-vuhr\ , intransitive verb;
Saliva drooling from the mouth.
The tiger was slavering. It was thirsty. Or maybe hungry.
-- Eliseo Alberto, Caracol Beach
Two ancient, lopsided wooden signs declared NO TRESPASSERS! and BEWARE OF GUARD DOGS! The latter featured a slavering Doberman frothing at the mouth.
-- Meera Syal, Anita and Me
Slaver is probably of Scandinavian origin, perhaps ultimately from Old Norse slafra.
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