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[slav-er, sley-ver, slah-]
verb (used without object)
  1. to let saliva run from the mouth; slobber; drool.
  2. to fawn.
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verb (used with object)
  1. Archaic. to smear with saliva.
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  1. saliva coming from the mouth.
  2. drivel.
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Origin of slaver

1275–1325; Middle English slaver (noun), slaveren (v.), probably < Scandinavian; compare Icelandic slafra to slobber
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Related Words for slavering

fawn, drivel, salivate, dribble, slobber

Examples from the Web for slavering

Historical Examples of slavering

  • His early smoothness, his slavering glibness, had disappeared.

    The Shadow of a Crime

    Hall Caine

  • He felt like a fox who had thrown a pack of slavering hounds off the scent.

  • And that is the slavering, shivering thing you preferred to me!

    Wuthering Heights

    Emily Bronte

  • She is proud of having this slavering, greedy man at her feet.

    Barchester Towers

    Anthony Trollope

  • Well, it might have been a pack of wolves with a leader with slavering tongue.

British Dictionary definitions for slavering


  1. an owner of or dealer in slaves
  2. another name for slave ship
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verb (intr)
  1. to dribble saliva
  2. (often foll by over)
    1. to fawn or drool (over someone)
    2. to show great desire (for); lust (after)
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  1. saliva dribbling from the mouth
  2. informal drivel
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Derived Formsslaverer, noun

Word Origin for slaver

C14: probably of Low Dutch origin; related to slobber
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Word Origin and History for slavering



"dribble from the mouth," early 14c., from Old Norse slafra "to slaver," probably imitative (cf. slobber (v.)). Related: Slavered; slavering. The noun is from early 14c.

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"ship in the slave trade," 1830, agent noun from slave (v.). Meaning "person in the slave trade" is from 1842.

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