Origin of slaverMiddle English slaveren from Scand, as in Icelandic slafra, to slobber from Indo-European an unverified form slep- from base an unverified form (s)l?p- from source lip, sleep
- slave ship
- a person who deals in slaves
intransitive verbslav·ered, slav·er·ing, slav·ers
- To slobber; drool.
- To behave in an obsequious manner. See Synonyms at fawn1.
- Saliva drooling from the mouth.
- Senseless and effusive talk; drivel.
Origin of slaverMiddle English slaveren probably from Old Norse slafra
(third-person singular simple present slavers, present participle slavering, simple past and past participle slavered)
From medieval English slaveren, of Scandinavian origin, akin to or derived from Old Norse slafra "to slaver", probably imitative
From the verb slave 'enslave, traffic in slaves'