verb (used without object), delved, delv·ing.
verb (used with object), delved, delv·ing.
Origin of delve
Synonyms for delve
Examples from the Web for delver
Historical Examples of delver
It has been the delver of its own channel through the barrier of the Kirchet.Fragments of science, V. 1-2
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
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)
At this point the farmer slipped, the hedge rustled, and the delver fled away.Studies in the Out-Lying Fields of Psychic Science
verb (mainly intr; often foll by in or into)
Word Origin for delve
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.