[ kley-ver, klah- ]

nounScot. and North England.
  1. idle talk; gossip.

Origin of claver

First recorded in 1680–90; origin uncertain

Words Nearby claver Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use claver in a sentence

  • His work was revolting, but claver loved it, and as soon as a vessel arrived he was on hand with his interpreters.

    The Jesuits, 1534-1921 | Thomas J. Campbell
  • Peter claver had to wait for thirty-eight years before going to join his venerable friend.

    The Jesuits, 1534-1921 | Thomas J. Campbell
  • De claver Waytie was a hill leading to a spring covered with grass, where the young maidens used to bleach their linen.

  • We set sail in the evening, and came to claver Rack, sixteen miles further down, where we also took in some grain in the evening.

  • “I dropped in to have a look at the remains of Pedro claver to-day,” his new friend remarked.

    Carmen Ariza | Charles Francis Stocking

British Dictionary definitions for claver


/ (ˈkleɪvə) /

  1. to talk idly; gossip

  1. (often plural) idle talk; gossip

Origin of claver

C13: of uncertain origin

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