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Perhaps Old French baffe (a faggot).



bavin (countable and uncountable, plural bavins)

  1. (Southern England, archaic, countable) A bundle of wood or twigs, which may be used in broom-making.
    • 1578, Lyly, John, Euphues:
      [] that hot love is soon cold: that the bavin, though it burn bright, is but a blaze: that scalding water, it if stand awhile, turneth almost to ice []
    1. (Southern England, archaic, countable) A faggot bound with only one band.
  2. (UK, dialect, uncountable) Impure limestone.
    • 1839: The Silurian System by Roderick Murchison, i. xxxvi. 484
      The concretions [] are called 'bavin,' the shale associated with them being termed 'rotch.'


bavin (third-person singular simple present bavins, present participle bavining, simple past and past participle bavined)

  1. (Southern England, archaic) To bundle and bind wood into bavins.


bavin (not comparable)

  1. Made of firewood or kindling.
    • a. 1597, Shakespeare, William, Henry IV, Part 1, act 3, scene 2, lines 60–63:
      The skipping King, he ambled up and down, / With shallow jesters, and rash bavin wits, / Soon kindled and soon burnt, carded his state, / Mingled his royalty with capering fools,



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bavin m (uncountable)

  1. (Guernsey) nonsense, rubbish