[kley-ver, klah-]

noun Scot. and North England.

idle talk; gossip.

Origin of claver

First recorded in 1680–90; origin uncertain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for claver

Historical Examples of claver

  • Such a claver as there was, to be sure, when Tom and the Harrisons met!

    Viking Boys

    Jessie Margaret Edmondston Saxby

  • Is that to be Claver'se's post in the attack upon the pasty?

  • 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

  • Truly ay, sir; and he saw Claver'se himsell, that they ca' Dundee now.

  • His course took him so near the minister that he could hear some of his words: ‘What news, minister, of Claver’se?

    Lay Morals

    Robert Louis Stevenson

British Dictionary definitions for claver


verb (intr)

to talk idly; gossip


(often plural) idle talk; gossip

Word Origin for claver

C13: of uncertain origin
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