From Middle English slaberen, from Middle Dutch slabberen (“to lap, sup, slaver, slabber”), from Old Dutch *slabrōn, from Proto-Germanic *slabrōną (“to scrawl, make a mess”), from Proto-Indo-European *slap-, *slab- (“to be weak, be languid”). Cognate with Low German slabbern (“to slabber”), German schlabbern (“to slabber”), Icelandic slafra (“to slaver”). More at slaver.
- (intransitive) To let saliva or other liquid fall from the mouth carelessly; drivel; slaver.
- (transitive) To eat hastily or in a slovenly manner, as liquid food.
- (transitive) To wet and befoul by liquids falling carelessly from the mouth; slaver; slobber.
- He slabbered me over, from cheek to cheek, with his great tongue.
- (transitive) To cover, as with a liquid spill; soil; befoul.
- The milk pan and cream pot so slabbered and tost / That butter is wanting and cheese is half lost.
slabber (plural slabbers)
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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.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 slabber in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)