- a borough of Greater London, England.
- to equivocate; vacillate.
Origin of haver1
Examples from the Web for havering
The Queen removed to Havering, which lay midway between her two armies.Clare Avery
Emily Sarah Holt
Mr. Veley also mentions a Joseph Shakespeare of Havering, who made his will 1640.Shakespeare's Family
Mrs. C. C. Stopes
I suppose they see something in me, that they come and listen to me havering.A Safety Match</p>
"The woman's havering," cried the Goodman of the house impatiently.The Scottish Fairy Book
Elizabeth W. Grierson
King Henry, it appeared, had dealt with him at Havering in perfect frankness.Chivalry</p>
James Branch Cabell
- a borough of NE Greater London, formed in 1965 from Romford and Hornchurch (both previously in Essex). Pop: 224 600 (2003 est). Area: 120 sq km (46 sq miles)
- to dither
- Scot and Northern English dialect to talk nonsense; babble
- (usually plural) Scot nonsense
Word Origin and History for havering
"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.