interjection Chiefly Scot.

nonsense; poppycock.

Origin of havers

plural of haver nonsense, akin to haver



verb (used without object) Chiefly British.

to equivocate; vacillate.

Origin of haver

First recorded in 1780–90; origin uncertain
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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 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]



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

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havers in Medicine


[hāvərz, hăvərz]Clopton 1655?-1702

English physician and anatomist known for his studies of the minute structure of bone.
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