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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English steven, stefne, from Old English stefn ‎(a voice, sound uttered by the mouth), from Proto-Germanic *stebnō ‎(voice, sound). More at steven.


stevvon ‎(plural stevvons)

  1. (Britain dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) Voice, especially when loud or strong.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English stevenen, stefnen, from Old English ġestefnian, āstemnian ‎(to speak up to, give voice for, appoint), from Proto-Germanic *stebnōną, *stemnōną ‎(to voice), from Proto-Indo-European *stemno-, *stomen- ‎(mouth, muzzle). Cognate with Old Norse stefna, stemna. More at steven.


stevvon ‎(third-person singular simple present stevvons, present participle stevvoning, simple past and past participle stevvoned)

  1. (dialectal, Northern England) To call with strength of voice; shout at lustily; fill the hearing of.
  2. (dialectal, Northern England) To speak in an authoritative or commanding tone.
  3. (dialectal, Northern England) To blow hard, bluster.
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stevvon ‎(plural stevvons)

  1. (dialectal, Northern England) Force; loudness; a loud noise; outcry; din.
    • 1876, F. K. Robinson, Gloss. Words Whitby:
      Your clock strikes with a desperate stevvon.

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