bever

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English beveren (to tremble), frequentative form of Old English beofian, bifian (to tremble, be moved, shake, quake), from Proto-Germanic *bibōną, *bibjaną (to quake, shiver), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰoyǝ- (to frighten, be afraid). Cognate with Eastern Frisian bevern (to shiver), Dutch bibberen (to shiver, quiver), Low German beveren (to shiver), Dutch beven (to quake), German beben (to quake, tremble), Swedish bäva (to quake, tremble), Icelandic bifa (to budge, be moved), Latin foedus (disgusting, shocking, abominable, heinous).

Verb[edit]

bever (third-person singular simple present bevers, present participle bevering, simple past and past participle bevered)

  1. (intransitive) To tremble; shake; quiver; shiver.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte D'Arthur, page 25:
      Wherefore King Ban and King Bors made them ready, and dressed their shields and harness, and they were so courageous that many knights shook and bevered for eagerness.
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From Old French baviere (child's bib), from baver (to slaver).

Alternative forms[edit]

Noun[edit]

bever (plural bevers)

  1. A movable covering for the mouth and chin on a close helmet.
    • 1786, Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 8:
      Some close helmets have a farther improvement called a bever, the bever when closed covers the mouth and chin, and either lifts up by revolving on the same pivots as the visor, or lets down by means of two or more pivots on each side near the jaws, in which case the bever consists of several laminæ or plates, one shutting over the other.

Etymology 3[edit]

Anglo-Norman bever, from Old French beivre (drinking, drink, to drink) (French boire), from Latin bibō.

Noun[edit]

bever (plural bevers)

  1. A drink.
  2. (now rare, archaic) A snack or light refreshment between meals.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.2:
      It seemeth that wee daily shorten the use of this, and that in our houses (as I have seene in mine infancie) breakfasts, nunchions, and beavers [transl. collations] should be more frequent and often used than now adayes they are.
    • 1604, Christopher Marlowe, Dr. Faustus:
      Thirty meals a day and ten bevers.
    • 1980, Anthony Burgess, Earthly Powers:
      Very softly I boiled water, made a sandwich from the remains of the luncheon roast chicken, scalded the Twining creature. Then I softly carried my bever to the study on a tray [].
Synonyms[edit]

Verb[edit]

bever (third-person singular simple present bevers, present participle bevering, simple past and past participle bevered)

  1. (obsolete) To take a light repast between meals.

Anagrams[edit]


Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Dutch *bever, from Proto-Germanic *bebruz.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

bever m (plural bevers, diminutive bevertje n)

  1. beaver

Anagrams[edit]


Hungarian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

be- + ver

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈbɛvɛr/
  • Hyphenation: be‧ver

Verb[edit]

bever

  1. to knock (one’s head) (-ba/-be)
    A kisfiú véletlenül beverte a fejét az asztalba. ― The little boy accidentally knocked his head into the table.
  2. to drive in (nails) (-ba/-be)
    Beverte a szögeket a falba. ― S/he drove the nails into the wall.

Conjugation[edit]


Ladino[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin bibō, bibere.

Verb[edit]

bever (Latin spelling)

  1. to drink

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Low German bever (compare Dutch bever, German Biber and English beaver). The word replaced Old Norse bjórr (compare Norwegian Nynorsk bjor).

Noun[edit]

bever m (definite singular beveren; indefinite plural bevere/bevrer/bevre; definite plural beverne/bevrene)

  1. beaver (aquatic mammal)
    En bever kan veie opptil 40 kg.
    A beaver can weigh up to 40 kg.
  2. a beaver's fur
    Kåpen er av bever.
    The coat is made of beaver fur.
  3. a 6 to 8 year old member of the Scouting

References[edit]

  • bever” in The Ordnett Dictionary
  • “bever” in The Bokmål Dictionary / The Nynorsk Dictionary.
  • Article in Store norske leksikon ("great Norwegian encyclopedia") on beavers.

Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Low German bever (compare Dutch bever, German Biber and English beaver). The word replaced Old Norse bjórr (compare Norwegian Nynorsk bjor).

Noun[edit]

bever m (definite singular beveren, indefinite plural beverar, definite plural beverane)

  1. beaver (aquatic mammal)
    Ein bever kan vege opptil 40 kg.
    A beaver can weigh up to 40 kg.
  2. a beaver's fur
    Kåpa er av bever.
    The coat is made of beaver fur.
  3. a 6 to 8 year old member of the Scouting

Synonyms[edit]

References[edit]

  • bever” in The Ordnett Dictionary
  • “bever” in The Bokmål Dictionary / The Nynorsk Dictionary.
  • Article in Store norske leksikon ("great Norwegian encyclopedia") on beavers.

Old French[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

see beivre

Verb[edit]

bever

  1. Alternative form of beivre.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *bebruz. More at English beaver.

Noun[edit]

bever m (oblique plural bevers, nominative singular bevers, nominative plural bever)

  1. beaver (mammal)

Romansch[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin bibō, bibere.

Verb[edit]

bever

  1. (Sutsilvan, Surmiran) to drink