C14: probably of Low Dutch origin; related to slobber
slaver for learners of EnglishPowered by COBUILD (slævəʳ)
Word forms: slavers, slavering, slavered
If an animal slavers, liquid comes from its mouth, for example because it is about to attack and eat something. [V] ⇒ Mad guard dogs slavered at the end of their chains. [V-ing] ⇒ ...the wolf's slavering jaws.
If you say that someone is slavering, you mean that they are so excited by something that they cannot control themselves, and that you find this disgusting. [disapproval] [Vover n] ⇒ I found myself skipping these passages, though no doubt many readers will slaver over them. [Also V]
In the same way, my mother says, those children who were kept short of butter in World War II grew up to slaver it on their bread for ever.Fay Weldon NOTHING TO WEAR AND NOWHERE TO HIDE: A COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIESThey growl, tap dance with their toenails on the concrete, slaver large quantities of goo and bark.Robert Wilson INSTRUMENTS OF DARKNESSBut now, ten years later, he stillremembered the sound of the slaver 's whip as it cracked through the air.Raymond E. Feist SHARDS OF A BROKEN CROWN