interjection Chiefly Scot.
- nonsense; poppycock.
verb (used without object) Chiefly British.
- to equivocate; vacillate.
verb (intr) British
- to dither
- Scot and Northern English dialect to talk nonsense; babble
- (usually plural) Scot nonsense
“oats,” Northern English, late 13c., probably from Old Norse hafre, from Proto-Germanic *habron- (cf. Old Norse hafri, Old Saxon havoro, Dutch haver, Old High German habaro, German Haber, Hafer). Buck suggests it is perhaps literally “goat-food” and compares Old Norse hafr “he-goat.” “Haver is a common word in the northern countries for oats.” [Johnson]
“owner, possessor,” late 14c., agent noun from have.
- English physician and anatomist known for his studies of the minute structure of bone.