(third-person singular simple present brivets, present participle brivetting, simple past and past participle brivetted)
- (intransitive, UK, West Midlands) To wander an area, or look through items, without specific purpose or to satisfy idle curiosity, especially in a furtive and illicit manner.
- Once Melanie had left the house, I entered her bedroom and began to brivet around.
- Particularly prevalent in the regional dialect of the West Midlands of England, and the Welsh border area.
- Most often applied to a child's behaviour or that of pets and other animals.
- Also used in the Gloucestershire/Wiltshire border area in the context of jumble sales, Women's Institutes or Church 'sales of work'