One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person dealing in or owning slaves.
- ‘All the western slavers had to do was turn up in port and have the slaves brought to them.’
- ‘The sword wielding African slavers that the Europeans dealt with usually kept the women and children to add to their own tribe numbers.’
- ‘The slaver began loudly complaining of her conduct.’
- ‘Inter-ethnic relations in Africa will for long continue to be affected by perceptions as to who collaborated with the slavers and who suffered most.’
- ‘The descendants of Africans captured by slavers and taken to servitude in America are on average better off than the descendants of their neighbours who evaded capture.’
- ‘I smile at him, cocking my head to one side, listening to the bickering of the worthless slavers.’
- ‘I already told you, I don't deal with slavers.’
- ‘These unpopulated regions had been a haven for pirates, slavers, and other scoundrels for centuries.’
- ‘This area of tropical rain forest in north-western Borneo, lying along the mangrove coast of the South China Sea, was infested with pirates, slavers and head-hunters.’
- ‘When slavers came to harvest humans for sale, these African societies were utterly defenseless.’
- ‘Introduced primarily by the Portuguese, corn became a major crop in the African slave shipping areas and their hinterlands to meet the provisioning needs of the slavers.’
- ‘The fact that the Boers were slavers, and utterly despised the blacks, was of little consequence to Britain's critics.’
- ‘In 1871 Scottish missionary David Livingstone saw hundreds of African women shot while trying to escape slavers.’
- ‘If you get blood on my bed, I will make you wish you were still with the slavers.’
- ‘The first Europeans to visit the area were Portuguese navigators and British slavers.’
- ‘The slavers were bad enough without being angered by other unlicensed traders stealing their market.’
- ‘It doesn't matter who were the slaves and who were the slavers.’
- ‘The Vikings are the archetypal slavers in European history, enslaving victims in eastern Europe and the Mediterranean area, and selling them in markets far away.’
- ‘There are laws that could send the slavers to jail for years but they are never used.’
- ‘Slave trading had been theoretically a capital offence in America since 1820, but no slaver had ever been condemned to death.’
- ‘The winner took away with him as many of the losing tribe as he could manage, and those he could not use were sold to slavers.’
- ‘They could, however, act as bolt holes when gangs of slavers raided, a growing menace from the ninth century on.’
- ‘In reality the population of the islands were ethnically mixed, because while Zanzibar was a centre of the slave trade Arab slavers had intermarried with the indigenous African population.’
- ‘Britain had outlawed the slave trade in 1808, and her colonies were not allowed to render assistance to slavers.’
- 1.1 A ship used for transporting slaves.
- ‘The Trouvadore was a Spanish slaver wrecked near Middle Caicos in 1841.’
- ‘Considering Cornado's brand of hospitality, any ship in his service was probable no better than a slaver.’
- ‘The slave trade within Africa involved very high costs for guarding slaves, transporting them, and feeding them until the slavers from Europe turned up at the port.’
- ‘Jessie then found himself aboard The Moonlight, the slaver with its towering sails and masts, cabins and storage space under the deck.’
- ‘Some slavers which were altered in this way were sent for re-assay, and a Victorian hallmark will be found on the border and any feet which may have been added.’
- ‘Political, economic, social, religious, and personal matters at each spot the slaver touched, as well as on the vessel itself, affected the nature of the experience for all concerned.’
1Saliva running from the mouth.
- ‘Then he lied motionlessly with slaver flowing out of his mouth.’
- ‘A drip of his slaver splashed onto my chin and ran down my neck.’
- ‘Scholarly and distinguished-looking, he made a most unexpected slaver.’
- ‘It was believed that serpents, coiling together in a wriggling, writhing mass, generated these glass or paste beads from their slaver and shot them into the air from their hissing jaws.’
2archaic Excessive or obsequious flattery.
1Let saliva run from the mouth.‘the Labrador was slavering at the mouth’
drool, slobber, dribble, salivateView synonyms
- ‘He started chewing the police car's tires, biting the bumper and generally snarling and slavering, trying to get at the cops, who chose to stay put with the windows rolled up.’
- ‘And in the foreground, a gorilla and a gorilla-sized weta roar and slaver.’
- ‘Not one of them was staring at the tutor slavering and leaving long fingernail scratches down his desk.’
- ‘I hadn't been around ice cream trucks in a long time and I had forgotten the way they stopped whenever enough slavering children gathered round to make the wasteful idling of the engine economical.’
- ‘Within a manner of half seconds, the wall exploded, and out from among the debris leapt a huge creature with slavering tusked jaws and mean yellow eyes.’
- ‘They may be slavering for beer, but are they prepared to pay a fiver a pint?’
- ‘It was ordered into a frontal attack as part of a botched tank offensive. As dawn broke, survivors staggered back, ‘haggard, bloodshot-eyed, slavering and rolling their bare-teethed heads’.’
- ‘It hadn't been in the script that I would have a man's life in my hands or, worse, that he would be slavering into my fingers.’
- 1.1 Show excessive desire.‘suburbanites slavering over drop-dead models’
- ‘You see, she had used up more litres of saliva than a cow per day, slavering at Brad.’
- ‘Hell, they slaver over the prospect of a kid falling down a well, or a local dog getting braces.’
- ‘I don't even know why I'm bothering to post this; it's hardly a secret to anyone that media organizations are slavering over the prospect of war.’
- ‘While there are those who slaver to bathe in the esteem of others, there are many who do not - especially those who have been taught that all praise and glory and blessing and honor belong to the Lamb of God alone.’
- ‘So, how does it feel to have the men of New York slavering at your feet?’
Middle English: probably from Low German; compare with slobber.
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