[ huhv-er, hov- ]
/ ˈhʌv ər, ˈhɒv- /

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to cause to hover.
Computers. to place (a pointer) over an area of a screen without clicking or tapping.


the act or state of hovering.

Origin of hover

1350–1400; Middle English hoveren, frequentative of hoven to hover, of obscure origin


1 See fly1.
3 falter, pause, fluctuate.

Related forms

hov·er·er, nounhov·er·ing·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for hover


/ (ˈhɒvə) /


(intr) to remain suspended in one place
(intr) (of certain birds, esp hawks) to remain in one place in the air by rapidly beating the wings
(intr) to linger uncertainly in a nervous or solicitous way
(intr) to be in a state of indecisionshe was hovering between the two suitors
(tr) computing to hold (the mouse pointer) over a defined area on a web page without clicking, in order to cause a menu, information box, etc to appear


the act of hovering

Derived Forms

hoverer, nounhoveringly, adverb

Word Origin for hover

C14: hoveren, variant of hoven, of obscure origin
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