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From Old English havour, a corruption of Old French aveir, avoir (a having), of same origin as English aver (a workhorse). The h is due to confusion with have.



  1. (obsolete) behaviour; demeanor
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, “Act 1, Scene 2”, in Hamlet:
      Tis not alone my inky cloak, good mother, / Nor customary suits of solemn black, / Nor windy suspiration of forced breath, / No, nor the fruitful river in the eye, / Nor the dejected 'havior of the visage, / Together with all forms, moods, shapes of grief, / That can denote me truly...;

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for havior in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)