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interjection Chiefly Scot.
  1. nonsense; poppycock.
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Origin of havers

plural of haver nonsense, akin to haver


verb (used without object) Chiefly British.
  1. to equivocate; vacillate.
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Origin of haver1

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

Historical Examples

  • Havers, mannie; there's no' onybody named for an auld buryin' groond.

    Greyfriars Bobby

    Eleanor Atkinson

  • He believes in them, and uses them to the destruction of the havers.

  • Havers, lassie, ye're aye seein' Bobby i' ilka Hielan' terrier, an' there's mony o' them aboot.

    Greyfriars Bobby

    Eleanor Atkinson

  • "Lay him down flat and stop your havers," ordered the business-like, embryo medicine man.

    Greyfriars Bobby

    Eleanor Atkinson

  • Havers, MacLure would answer, prices are low, am hearing; gies thirty shillings.

British Dictionary definitions for havers


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

C18: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for havers



"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]

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

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havers in Medicine


(hāvərz, hăvərz)Clopton 1655?-1702
  1. English physician and anatomist known for his studies of the minute structure of bone.
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