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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English steven, stefne, from Old English stefn (a voice, sound uttered by the mouth), from Proto-Germanic *stebnō (voice, sound). More at steven.


stevvon (plural stevvons)

  1. (Britain dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) Voice, especially when loud or strong.

Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English stevenen, stefnen, from Old English ġestefnian, āstemnian (to speak up to, give voice for, appoint), from Proto-Germanic *stebnōną, *stemnōną (to voice), from Proto-Indo-European *stemno-, *stomen- (mouth, muzzle). Cognate with Old Norse stefna, stemna. More at steven.


stevvon (third-person singular simple present stevvons, present participle stevvoning, simple past and past participle stevvoned)

  1. (dialectal, Northern England) To call with strength of voice; shout at lustily; fill the hearing of.
  2. (dialectal, Northern England) To speak in an authoritative or commanding tone.
    • 2015, LT Wolf, The Reckoning:
      The amazon saw her and stevvon'd, “Get back upstairs!”
  3. (dialectal, Northern England) To blow hard, bluster.
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stevvon (plural stevvons)

  1. (dialectal, Northern England) Force; loudness; a loud noise; outcry; din.
    • 1876, F. K. Robinson, Gloss. Words Whitby:
      Your clock strikes with a desperate stevvon.

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