noun, plural bea·vers, (especially collectively) bea·ver for 1.
- a woman's pubic area.
- Offensive. a term used to refer to a woman.
- a cotton cloth with a thick nap, used chiefly in the manufacture of work clothes.
- (formerly) a heavy, soft, woolen cloth with a thick nap, made to resemble beaver fur.
verb (used without object)
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Definition for beaver (2 of 2)
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Examples from the Web for beaver
I worked like a beaver to get it out, and yet the disease appeared to creep from limb to limb of the study before me.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show|Robert W. Chambers|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A dead beaver was spotted near Edgewater Court near the water.In Oregon, No Silly Call Is Too Small for Papers’ Police Blotters|Kelly Williams Brown|January 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The damp, gray Beaver State is attracting the most incoming movers of any other state, according to a new survey.
Commenting on his vanilla—some might even say “hokey”—demeanor, my wife said he reminded her of the father on Leave It to Beaver.Face It, Republicans, ‘Bazooka Joe’ Biden Won the VP Debate|Matt Latimer|October 12, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Sure, Mitt Romney seems ripe for parody, what with his Leave It to Beaver vibe and eye-popping wealth.Is Mitt Romney Beyond Satire? Comedy Writers Underwhelmed by Candidate|Michelle Cottle|August 10, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Like the beaver, the coypou is furnished with two kinds of fur; viz.
He threw his cigar-butt on the floor and stepped on it, and drummed on his beaver hat with nimble fingers.The Great Quest|Charles Boardman Hawes
In the course of his lonely wanderings the Beaver reached this pond, and here he established himself to spend his last few weeks.Forest Neighbors|William Davenport Hulbert
To the beaver she said, "You cannot take the boy; you will drown him on the way to your lodge."Stories the Iroquois Tell Their Children|Mabel Powers
Beaver are split but stretched round and should be left in the hoop or stretcher for several days.Fur Farming|A. R. Harding
British Dictionary definitions for beaver (1 of 3)
Word Origin for beaver
British Dictionary definitions for beaver (2 of 3)
Word Origin for beaver
British Dictionary definitions for beaver (3 of 3)
Word Origin and History for beaver
Old English beofor, befer (earlier bebr), from Proto-Germanic *bebruz (cf. Old Saxon bibar, Old Norse bjorr, Middle Dutch and Dutch bever, Low German bever, Old High German bibar, German Biber), from PIE *bhebhrus, reduplication of root *bher- (3) "brown, bright" (cf. Lithuanian bebrus, Czech bobr, Welsh befer; see bear (n.) for the likely reason for this). Gynecological sense ("female genitals, especially with a display of pubic hair") is 1927 British slang, transferred from earlier meaning "a bearded man" (1910), from the appearance of split beaver pelts.
Idioms and Phrases with beaver
see busy as a beaver; eager beaver; work like a beaver.