from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To slobber; drool.
  • intransitive v. To behave in an obsequious manner; fawn. See Synonyms at fawn1.
  • n. Saliva drooling from the mouth.
  • n. Senseless and effusive talk; drivel.
  • n. One, such as a person or ship, that is engaged in the trafficking of slaves.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To drool saliva from the mouth; to slobber.
  • v. To fawn.
  • n. saliva running from the mouth; drool
  • n. a person engaged in the slave trade
  • n. white slaver, who sells prostitutes into illegal 'sex slavery'
  • n. a ship used to transport slaves

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A vessel engaged in the slave trade; a slave ship.
  • n. A person engaged in the purchase and sale of slaves; a slave merchant, or slave trader.
  • n. Saliva driveling from the mouth.
  • intransitive v. To suffer spittle, etc., to run from the mouth.
  • intransitive v. To be besmeared with saliva.
  • transitive v. To smear with saliva issuing from the mouth; to defile with drivel; to slabber.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To suffer the saliva to dribble from the mouth; drivel; slabber.
  • To besmear or defile with slaver or saliva; beslabber.
  • n. Saliva driveling from the mouth; drivel.
  • n. A ship or vessel engaged in the slave-trade.
  • n. A person engaged in the slave-trade; a slave-hunter; a slave-dealer.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who holds slaves
  • n. a person engaged in slave trade
  • v. let saliva drivel from the mouth


Middle English slaveren, probably from Old Norse slafra.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From medieval English slaveren, of Scandinavian origin, akin to or derived from Old Norse slafra "to slaver", probably imitative (Wiktionary)
From the verb slave 'enslave, traffic in slaves' (Wiktionary)


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