[ slav-er, sley-ver, slah- ]
/ ˈslæv ər, ˈsleɪ vər, ˈslɑ- /

verb (used without object)

to let saliva run from the mouth; slobber; drool.
to fawn.

verb (used with object)

Archaic. to smear with saliva.


saliva coming from the mouth.

Origin of slaver

1275–1325; Middle English slaver (noun), slaveren (v.), probably < Scandinavian; compare Icelandic slafra to slobber Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for slavering

British Dictionary definitions for slavering (1 of 2)

/ (ˈsleɪvə) /


an owner of or dealer in slaves
another name for slave ship

British Dictionary definitions for slavering (2 of 2)

/ (ˈslævə) /

verb (intr)

to dribble saliva
(often foll by over)
  1. to fawn or drool (over someone)
  2. to show great desire (for); lust (after)


saliva dribbling from the mouth
informal drivel

Derived forms of slaver

slaverer, noun

Word Origin for slaver

C14: probably of Low Dutch origin; related to slobber
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