[klish-muh-kley-ver, kleesh-]

Origin of clishmaclaver

1720–30; clish(-clash) gossip (gradational compound based on clash) + -ma- (< ?) + claver Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for clishmaclaver

Historical Examples of clishmaclaver

  • Julia's lovely eyes dilated at this clishmaclaver, and she bowed coldly.

    Hard Cash

    Charles Reade

  • Now, don't put any of your squinting constructions on this, or have any clishmaclaver about it among our acquaintances.

    Robert Burns

    William Allan Neilson

British Dictionary definitions for clishmaclaver


  1. Scot idle talk; gossip

Word Origin for clishmaclaver

C16: from clish-clash, reduplication of clash + claver
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