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[slav-er, sley-ver, slah-] /ˈslæv ər, ˈsleɪ vər, ˈslɑ-/
verb (used without object)
1.
to let saliva run from the mouth; slobber; drool.
2.
to fawn.
verb (used with object)
3.
Archaic. to smear with saliva.
noun
4.
saliva coming from the mouth.
5.
Origin of slaver2
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English slaver (noun), slaveren (v.), probably < Scandinavian; compare Icelandic slafra to slobber
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Examples from the Web for slavering
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  • We do not ask for a slavering flux of sentiment, or an acrobat's display in gesticulation.

    My Contemporaries In Fiction David Christie Murray
  • Well, it might have been a pack of wolves with a leader with slavering tongue.

  • A slavering gray-headed man, wandering through the Valley of the Black Pig, forever and forever?

    The Wind Bloweth Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne
  • His eyes were wide open and he was slavering—but he was dead.

    The Reign of Greed Jose Rizal
  • Steel-ribbed hands pounced on his throat, gouged savagely, while the man above grunted thick curses from his slavering mouth.

  • His suave politeness was a velvet veil of character behind which he masked the slavering fangs of the beast he really was.

    'Drag' Harlan Charles Alden Seltzer
  • They were so near that I could see their eyes and slavering jaws, and they were as noiseless as things in a dream.

    The Story of a Pioneer Anna Howard Shaw
  • Inexorably Conan's arm bent under the strain; nearer and nearer he was drawn to the slavering jaws that gaped for his life.

    Shadows in the Moonlight Robert E. Howard
  • The animals leaped forward on the instant, growling and slavering for the whitefish.

  • Catrine Montour, slavering and gasping, leaned against the painted war-post.

    The Maid-At-Arms Robert W. Chambers
British Dictionary definitions for slavering

slaver1

/ˈsleɪvə/
noun
1.
an owner of or dealer in slaves
2.
another name for slave ship

slaver2

/ˈslævə/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to dribble saliva
2.
(often foll by over)
  1. to fawn or drool (over someone)
  2. to show great desire (for); lust (after)
noun
3.
saliva dribbling from the mouth
4.
(informal) drivel
Derived Forms
slaverer, noun
Word Origin
C14: probably of Low Dutch origin; related to slobber
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Word Origin and History for slavering

slaver

v.

"dribble from the mouth," early 14c., from Old Norse slafra "to slaver," probably imitative (cf. slobber (v.)). Related: Slavered; slavering. The noun is from early 14c.

n.

"ship in the slave trade," 1830, agent noun from slave (v.). Meaning "person in the slave trade" is from 1842.

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