One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Scottish Talk foolishly; babble.‘Tom havered on’
- ‘The women did a lot of talking and havering about ribbons while the guys bought the flowers and got out there selling.’
- ‘And then they're off again, blabbing, sniping, yakking, havering.’
- ‘Anyone that day who foresaw Istabraq becoming a superstar would have been havering.’
- ‘A group of friends are havering politely in what looks like a social situation.’
2British Act in a vacillating or indecisive manner.‘she was exasperated by all this havering’
indecisiveness, indecision, irresoluteness, lack of resolution, hesitancy, hesitation, tentativenessView synonyms
- ‘Yet others havered indecisively over both the principle and the practicality of the thing.’
- ‘Premier Guy Mollet, in the center of it all, havered uncomfortably. Once again irresolution was at the helm in France.’
- ‘Yet it is the wavering and havering that is most expensive: a report by the National Audit Office in 2000 revealed that delays and price rises in the 25 most important defence contracts of the previous year had cost the taxpayer £2.7bn.’
- ‘The reason the richest nations on earth have havered for so long about admitting Turkey to their club is all about - you know - "values".’
- ‘I've havered for a bit before publishing another draft of my 10 favourite films.’
nounmass nounalso havers
Foolish talk; nonsense.prattle, chatter, twitter, babble, talk, prating, gabble, jabber, blether, ramblingView synonyms
Early 18th century: of unknown origin.
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