verb (used without object) Chiefly British.
  1. to equivocate; vacillate.

Origin of haver

First recorded in 1780–90; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for havering

Historical Examples of 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.

  • "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.


    James Branch Cabell

British Dictionary definitions for havering


  1. 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)


verb (intr) British
  1. to dither
  2. Scot and Northern English dialect to talk nonsense; babble
  1. (usually plural) Scot nonsense

Word Origin for haver

C18: of unknown origin
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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.

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