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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Definitions for clishmaclaver

  1. Scot. gossip; idle or foolish talk.

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Citations for clishmaclaver
I have heard Thatcher's voice on the evening news suddenly cut through the clishmaclaver of an Edinburgh pub, abruptly stilling the conversation, and causing a dark flush to spread collectively up the necks of its grim listeners. Alastair Reid, "The Scottish Condition," The Wilson Quarterly, Volume 18, 1994
From the clishmaclaver coming from the inside, he thought the women were likely all right, and, swinging off his horse, wrapped the reins hastily round a tree… Diana Gabaldon, "Virgins," Dangerous Women, edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, 2013
Origin of clishmaclaver
1720-1730
Clishmaclaver is a combination of the terms clish-clash and claver, both of which mean "gossip." It entered English in the early 1700s.