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[hey-ver] /ˈheɪ vər/
verb (used without object), Chiefly British.
to equivocate; vacillate.
Origin of haver1
First recorded in 1780-90; origin uncertain


[khah-ver] /xɑˈvɛr/
noun, plural haverim
[khah-ve-reem] /ˌxɑ vɛˈrim/ (Show IPA).
friend; comrade; companion. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for haver
Historical Examples
  • Quem quiser ter que comer Trabalhe por aderencia: haver quanto quiser.

  • "It was at a marriage in Glenurchy," said Aoirig in a haver, the pillows slipping down behind her back.

    The Lost Pibroch Neil Munro
  • "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
  • 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.

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

  • 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
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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