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[kley-ver, klah-] /ˈkleɪ vər, ˈklɑ-/
noun, Scot. and North England.
idle talk; gossip.
Origin of claver
First recorded in 1680-90; origin uncertain Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Such a claver as there was, to be sure, when Tom and the Harrisons met!

    Viking Boys

    Jessie Margaret Edmondston Saxby
  • Is that to be claver'se's post in the attack upon the pasty?

  • His work was revolting, but claver loved it, and as soon as a vessel arrived he was on hand with his interpreters.

    The Jesuits, 1534-1921 Thomas J. Campbell
  • Truly ay, sir; and he saw claver'se himsell, that they ca' Dundee now.

  • His course took him so near the minister that he could hear some of his words: ‘What news, minister, of claver’se?

    Lay Morals Robert Louis Stevenson
  • We set sail in the evening, and came to claver Rack, sixteen miles further down, where we also took in some grain in the evening.

  • He's deaf, or he's daft, or he's baith; but I hae nae time to stay to claver wi' him.

    The Black Dwarf Sir Walter Scott
British Dictionary definitions for claver


verb (intransitive)
to talk idly; gossip
(often pl) idle talk; gossip
Word Origin
C13: of uncertain origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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