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A.Word.A.Day--slaver

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This week's theme: words that aren't what they appear to be.

slaver (SLAV-vuhr, SLAY-vuhr) verb tr., intr.

1. To slobber or drool; to smear with saliva.

2. To fawn.

noun

Saliva dripping from the mouth.

[Probably from Old Norse slafra (to slobber).]

See more usage examples of slaver in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

-Anu Garg (garg wordsmith.org)

"While it would be unforgivably coarse to slaver over her good looks, it would be prissy to shirk the obvious truth that most film actresses are still required to be beautiful." Kevin Jackson; Versatile British Actress [Lindsay Duncan] Finally in International Spotlight; New Zealand Herald (Auckland); Sep 1, 2006.

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The more intelligent and cultured a man is, the more subtly he can humbug himself. -Carl Jung, psychiatrist (1875-1961)

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