Definitions

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  • intransitive verb To recite Jewish liturgical prayers.

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  • verb intransitive to recite the Jewish liturgy; to pray

Etymologies

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[Yiddish davnen, of unknown origin.]

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Yiddish דאַוונען (davnen).

Examples

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  • A friend called this very odd combination of definitions to my attention:

    daven - n, a person with a huge cock

    However, the example given, " Dude, that's such a huge Daven! ", applies the term not to the whole person but to the appendage itself.

    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Daven

    If you read the prayers aloud

    You've blessings of which to be proud.

    A ritual maven

    Encouraged to daven

    Is bound to be found well-endowed.

    November 12, 2016