Definition of haver in US English:



[no object]Scottish
  • 1Talk foolishly; babble.

    ‘Tom havered on’
    • ‘And then they're off again, blabbing, sniping, yakking, havering.’
    • ‘A group of friends are havering politely in what looks like a social situation.’
    • ‘The women did a lot of talking and havering about ribbons while the guys bought the flowers and got out there selling.’
    • ‘Anyone that day who foresaw Istabraq becoming a superstar would have been havering.’
    1. 1.1British Act in a vacillating or indecisive manner.
      ‘he havered at the threshold, peering into darkness’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I've havered for a bit before publishing another draft of my 10 favourite films.’
      • ‘The reason the richest nations on earth have havered for so long about admitting Turkey to their club is all about - you know - "values".’
      • ‘Yet others havered indecisively over both the principle and the practicality of the thing.’
      indecisiveness, indecision, irresoluteness, lack of resolution, hesitancy, hesitation, tentativeness
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also havers
  • Foolish talk; nonsense.

    prattle, chatter, twitter, babble, talk, prating, gabble, jabber, blether, rambling
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Early 18th century: of unknown origin.