Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To tremble; shake; quiver; shiver.
  • n. A movable covering for the mouth and chin on a close helmet.
  • n. A drink.
  • n. A snack or light refreshment between meals.
  • v. To take a light repast between meals.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A light repast between meals; a lunch.
  • intransitive v. To take a light repast between meals.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An obsolete form of beaver.
  • n. An obsolete form of beaver.
  • n. A collation or slight repast between meals.
  • n. Formerly, at some colleges and schools, a slight meal which the students received at the buttery-hatch and took to their rooms.
  • To take a bever or slight repast between meals.

Etymologies

From Middle English beveren ("to tremble"), frequentative form of Old English beofian, bifian ("to tremble, be moved, shake, quake"), from Proto-Germanic *bibōnan, *bibēnan (“to quake, shiver”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰoyǝ- (“to frighten, be afraid”). Cognate with Eastern Frisian bevern ("to shiver"), Dutch bibberen ("to shiver, quiver"), Low German beveren ("to shiver"), Dutch beven ("to quake"), German beben ("to quake, tremble"), Swedish bäva ("to quake, tremble"), Icelandic bifa ("to budge, be moved"), Latin foedus ("disgusting, shocking, abominable, heinous"). (Wiktionary)
From Old French baviere ("child's bib"), from baver ("to slaver"). (Wiktionary)
Anglo-Norman bever, from Old French beivre ("drinking, drink, to drink") (French boire), from Latin bibō. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • A between-meal snack.

    May 20, 2008