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slaver2

[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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  • His early smoothness, his slavering glibness, had disappeared.

  • He felt like a fox who had thrown a pack of slavering hounds off the scent.

  • And that is the slavering, shivering thing you preferred to me!

    Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte
  • She is proud of having this slavering, greedy man at her feet.

    Barchester Towers

    Anthony Trollope
  • Well, it might have been a pack of wolves with a leader with slavering tongue.

  • It's your fawning, slavering, favour-currying Tory that I shy at!

    Cardigan Robert W. Chambers
  • His eyes were wide open and he was slavering—but he was dead.

    The Reign of Greed Jose Rizal
  • 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 fled screaming through the dark from red eyes and slavering fangs.

    Queen of the Black Coast Robert E. Howard
  • Their slavering fangs flashed in the moonlight, their eyes blazed as no true beast's eyes ever blazed.

    Queen of the Black Coast Robert E. Howard
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.

slaver

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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