claver

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Noun[edit]

claver (countable and uncountable, plural clavers)

  1. (UK, Scotland, dialect) frivolous or nonsensical talk; prattle; chatter
    • Thackeray
      Emmy found herself entirely at a loss in the midst of their clavers.

Verb[edit]

claver (third-person singular simple present clavers, present participle clavering, simple past and past participle clavered)

  1. to gossip or chit-chat

Etymology 2[edit]

Noun[edit]

claver (uncountable)

  1. Alternative form of clover.
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Anagrams[edit]


Scots[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Origin uncertain. Perhaps compare Gaelic clabaire (prattler).

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

tae claver (third-person singular simple present clavers, present participle claverin, simple past clavert, past participle clavert)

  1. to gossip, chat idly
    • 1817, Walter Scott, Rob Roy, II.3:
      ‘he'll claver wi' her, or ony ither idle slut, rather than hear what might do him gude a' the days of his life, frae you or me, Mr. Hammorgaw, or ony ither sober and sponsible person.’