verb (used without object) Chiefly British.

to equivocate; vacillate.

Origin of haver

First recorded in 1780–90; origin uncertain



noun, plural ha·ve·rim [khah-ve-reem] /ˌxɑ vɛˈrim/. Hebrew.

friend; comrade; companion.
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Examples from the Web for haver

Historical Examples of haver

  • Quem quiser ter que comer Trabalhe por aderencia: Haver quanto quiser.

  • "It was at a marriage in Glenurchy," said Aoirig in a haver, the pillows slipping down behind her back.

  • "There's Haver's grocery," he cried, as they passed the red-brick store on a street corner.

    Sunny Boy in the Big City

    Ramy Allison White

  • A man with a full purse engaged in commercial transactions is apt to "haver," or gossip freely.

    The Proverbs of Scotland

    Alexander Hislop

  • The latter is unquestionably right in his opinion about haver cake, haver in that instance being the German Hafer, Sw.

British Dictionary definitions for haver


verb (intr) British

to dither
Scot and Northern English dialect to talk nonsense; babble


(usually plural) Scot nonsense

Word Origin for haver

C18: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for haver

"oats," Northern English, late 13c., probably from Old Norse hafre, from Proto-Germanic *habron- (cf. Old Norse hafri, Old Saxon havoro, Dutch haver, Old High German habaro, German Haber, Hafer). Buck suggests it is perhaps literally "goat-food" and compares Old Norse hafr "he-goat." "Haver is a common word in the northern countries for oats." [Johnson]


"owner, possessor," late 14c., agent noun from have.

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