- any scarabaeid beetle.
Origin of chafer
Examples from the Web for chafer
Historical Examples of chafer
As the chafer spoke they heard a shrill squeak overhead which chilled them to the very marrow.
Then the chafer, who was by a whole day the elder, disappeared among the blades of grass, leaving the other greatly impressed.
A chafer buzzed by, a small black cat played with its tail on some steps in a recess.The Freelands
A single eye in his head, as broad as an oxhide, as black as a chafer, with three pupils therein.
Wide as an oxhide was the single eye protruding from his forehead, with seven pupils therein, which were black as a chafer.
- any of various scarabaeid beetles, such as the cockchafer and rose chafer
Word Origin for chafer
Word Origin and History for chafer
kind of beetle, Old English ceafor "beetle, cock-chafer," from Proto-Germanic *kabraz- (cf. Old Saxon kevera, Dutch kever, Old High German chevar, German Käfer), literally "gnawer," from PIE *gep(h)- "jaw, mouth" (see jowl (n.1)).