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[hey-ver-ing] /ˈheɪ vər ɪŋ/
a borough of Greater London, England.


[hey-ver] /ˈheɪ vər/
verb (used without object), Chiefly British.
to equivocate; vacillate.
Origin of haver1
First recorded in 1780-90; origin uncertain Unabridged
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  • I suppose they see something in me, that they come and listen to me Havering.

    A Safety Match Ian Hay
  • "The woman's Havering," cried the Goodman of the house impatiently.

    The Scottish Fairy Book Elizabeth W. Grierson
  • Mr. Veley also mentions a Joseph Shakespeare of Havering, who made his will 1640.

    Shakespeare's Family Mrs. C. C. Stopes
  • King Henry, it appeared, had dealt with him at Havering in perfect frankness.

    Chivalry James Branch Cabell
  • The Queen removed to Havering, which lay midway between her two armies.

    Clare Avery Emily Sarah Holt
  • Do ye think I'll e'er gae back to that Havering, daunering cuif o' a creature, the Crail bailie?

    Ringan Gilhaize John Galt
  • What would Mother Batholommey say if she could hear me maundering and Havering away like this!

  • Havering bore “Silver a lion rampant gules with a forked tail, having a collar azure.”

  • When Mary Tudor dined at Havering, she rewarded the turnbroches with sixteen-pence.

    England in the Days of Old William Andrews
  • This plan has been grasped by them, and agreed to after nearly two months Havering.

    The Matabele Campaign R. S. S. Baden-Powell
British Dictionary definitions for Havering


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)


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 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.



"owner, possessor," late 14c., agent noun from have.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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