From Middle English weevere, wevar, from Old English *wefere, *wifre, *wæfre (“weaver”, in compounds), equivalent to weave + -er. Compare Saterland Frisian Weeuwer (“weaver”), Dutch wever (“weaver”), German Low German Wever (“weaver”), German Weber (“weaver”), Swedish vävare (“weaver”), Icelandic vefari (“weaver”).
weaver (plural weavers)
- One who weaves.
- A strand of material used in weaving.
- 1988, Lyn Siler, The Basket Book: Over 30 Magnificent Baskets to Make and Enjoy:
- To add a new weaver, simply soak a new one, slide one end under a rib (over the old weaver) and continue weaving with both of them until the old one runs out. […] If your weaver has dried, rewet it and weave several rows as in Diagram 26.
- A weaverbird.
- An aquatic beetle of the genus Gyrinus.
- Certain fish of the family Pinguipedidae