[ grey-ver ]

  1. any of various tools for chasing, engraving, etc., as a burin.

  2. an engraver.

Origin of graver

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at grave3, -er1

Words Nearby graver Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use graver in a sentence

  • With the nation facing a graver crisis than Lincoln was so far willing to admit, his whiskers gave him…gravitas.

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  • Those of a more serious turn are apt to show a curious preference for the graver aspects of things.

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  • Ethel sought her room, with graver, deeper thoughts of life than she had carried upstairs.

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  • He fancied this would not have happened without her connivance, and she seemed graver than usual when he stood by her chair.

    Winston of the Prairie | Harold Bindloss
  • Mr Bellingham looked graver than he had done while witnessing Ruth's passionate emotion in her mother's room.

    Ruth | Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  • Under the latter he was deprived of his preferment in Oxford, and under a harsher rule might have incurred yet graver penalties.

    The English Church in the Eighteenth Century | Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton

British Dictionary definitions for graver


/ (ˈɡreɪvə) /

  1. any of various engraving, chasing, or sculpting tools, such as a burin

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