Origin uncertain. Possibly from Middle English *lavand, *lavant, lavande, present participle of Middle English laven (“to stream, pour out a stream, wash”), from Old English lafian (“to pour water on, wash, lave, bathe, ladle out”), equivalent to lave + -and; or from Old French lavant, present participle of laver (“to wash”). See lave.
lavant (plural lavants)
- (UK dialectal) A shallow or more or less intermittent spring.
- (UK dialectal) A violent flow or rush of water.
- How it did rain! It ran down the street in a lavant.
- Present participle of laver.
- third-person plural present active indicative of lavō