several; various; sundry: divers articles.


(used with a plural verb) an indefinite number more than one: He chose divers of them, who were asked to accompany him.

Origin of divers

1200–50; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin dīversus diverse
Can be confuseddivers diverse




a person or thing that dives.
a person who makes a business of diving, as for pearl oysters or to examine sunken vessels.
British. a loon.
any of several other birds noted for their skill in diving.

Origin of diver

First recorded in 1500–10; dive + -er1
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Historical Examples of divers

  • So, too, did the Greeks, and divers other ancient peoples who were famed for their learning.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Vere had often seen the divers in the Bay of Naples at their curious toil.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • In the next place we have to consider that there are divers kinds of fire.



  • He is the Arch-Hypocrite of Tone who speaks in divers tongues.


    James Huneker

  • Spring-board: a long board projecting over the water, used by divers.

    Tom Brown at Rugby

    Thomas Hughes

British Dictionary definitions for divers



archaic, or literary
  1. various; sundry; some
  2. (as pronoun; functioning as plural)divers of them

Word Origin for divers

C13: from Old French, from Latin dīversus turned in different directions; see divert



a person or thing that dives
a person who works or explores underwater
Also called: loom any aquatic bird of the genus Gavia, family Gaviidae, and order Gaviiformes of northern oceans, having a straight pointed bill, small wings, and a long body: noted for swiftness and skill in swimming and divingUS and Canadian name: loon
any of various other diving birds
soccer slang a player who pretends to have been tripped or impeded by an opposing player in order to win a free kick or penalty
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Word Origin and History for divers

mid-13c., "not alike" (sense now in diverse); late 13c., "separate, distinct; various," from Old French divers (11c.) "different, various, singular, odd, exceptional, wretched, treacherous, perverse," from Latin diversus "turned different ways," in Late Latin "various," past participle of divertere (see divert).

Sense of "several, numerous" is recorded from c.1300, referring "originally and in form to the variety of objects; but, as variety implies number, becoming an indefinite numeral word expressing multiplicity" [OED], a sense that emerged by c.1400.



c.1500, agent noun from dive (v.).

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