Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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CAIVER, Kaiver, v. “To waver in mind, to be incoherent, as persons are at the point of death” (Rxb. 1825 Jam.2; 1923 Watson W.-B., obsol.). [′ke:vər]

[Origin obscure, but a connection either with Eng. quaver or Sc. taiver, to wander, to rave, is possible.]

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