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Slaver (verb neuter)

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To Sláver. v.n. [from the noun.]

  1. To be smeared with spittle.

                    Should I
    Slaver with lips, as common as the stairs
    That mount the capitol; join gripes with hands
    Made hard with hourly falshood as with labour.
    Shakesp.

  2. To emit spittle.

    Miso came with scowling eyes to deliver a slavering good-morrow to the two ladies. Sidney.

    Why must he sputter, spawl, and slaver it;
    In vain, against the people's fav'rite?
    Swift.

Sources: Shakespeare's Cymbeline (73) · Sidney, Philip (140) · Swift, Jonathan (306)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Slaver (verb neuter)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: November 12, 2012. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=6591.


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