verb (used without object), delved, delv·ing.
verb (used with object), delved, delv·ing.
Origin of delve
Examples from the Web for delver
Any comparison between the material comfort of a Kentucky slave and an English ditcher and delver would be preposterous.North America, Volume II (of 2)|Anthony Trollope
Frost was the agent, ice was his delver, water his carrier, and the basin of Lake Ontario his dumping-ground.The Falls of Niagara and Other Famous Cataracts|George W. Holley
Idler on its modern surface, or delver in its deep-hearted past, could he reconcile himself to it?Indian Summer|William D. Howells
I speak only as a delver into the secrets of other men; and if I seem arrogant, it is due to the influence of the company I keep.Short Story Writing|Charles Raymond Barrett
It has been the delver of its own channel through the barrier of the Kirchet.Fragments of science, V. 1-2|John Tyndall
British Dictionary definitions for delver
verb (mainly intr; often foll by in or into)
Word Origin for delve
Word Origin and History for delver
Old English delfan "to dig" (class III strong verb; past tense dealf, past participle dolfen), common West Germanic verb (cf. Old Saxon delban, Dutch delven, Middle High German telben "to dig"), from PIE root *dhelbh- (cf. Lithuanian delba "crowbar," Russian dolbit', Czech dlabati, Polish dłubać "to chisel;" Russian dolotó, Czech dlato, Polish dłuto "chisel"). Weak inflections emerged 14c.-16c. Related: Delved; delving.