Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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SPAIVER, n. Also spaver, spever; spawer (Bnff. 1904 E.D.D.). The opening or fly in men's trousers (n.Sc. 1808 Jam.; Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 176; ne.Sc., Ags. 1971). Cf.Spare, n., 2. Also attrib. as in spaiver-button. [′spevər] ne.Sc. 1832  P. Buchan Secret Songs 11:
But the auld sow thrust her grunt In the spever o' his breeks.

[An extended variant of Spare, n. For -v- cf. Spave as variant of spay, Cruive, Crue, Reeve, n.1, Ree, n.1]

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