- a borough of Greater London, England.
- to equivocate; vacillate.
Origin of haver1
Examples from the Web for havering
The Queen removed to Havering, which lay midway between her two armies.Clare Avery
Emily Sarah Holt
Mr. Veley also mentions a Joseph Shakespeare of Havering, who made his will 1640.Shakespeare's Family
Mrs. C. C. Stopes
I suppose they see something in me, that they come and listen to me havering.A Safety Match
"The woman's havering," cried the Goodman of the house impatiently.The Scottish Fairy Book
Elizabeth W. Grierson
King Henry, it appeared, had dealt with him at Havering in perfect frankness.Chivalry
James Branch Cabell
- a borough of NE Greater London, formed in 1965 from Romford and Hornchurch (both previously in Essex). Pop: 224 600 (2003 est). Area: 120 sq km (46 sq miles)
- to dither
- Scot and Northern English dialect to talk nonsense; babble
- (usually plural) Scot nonsense
Word Origin and History for havering
"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.