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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.

FIVVER, Fiver, Fevvar (Cai. 1872 M. McLennan Peasant Life 158, Cai. 1975) n., v. Gen.Sc. forms of Eng. fever. Often specif. of scarlet fever. [′fɪvər]Sc. 1827 Wilson Noctes Amb. (1855) I. 374:
You talked at tea-time o' me deein o' a brain fivver.
Mry. 1873 J. Brown Round Table Club 210:
Is't smittin', like sma'pox or teephus fiver?
Sh. 1898 J. Burgess Tang xviii.:
Da doctor says 'at shö can rise nu in a day or twa, for da fivver is been aff o her a braa while nu.
Kcb. 1901 Trotter Gall. Gossip 6:
The wean dee't, an' than yer faither took the Fivver.
Abd. 1924 Swatches o' Hamespun 54:
Bit gin she wis ti fivver a lot they wid be better ti come for him at eence.

[O.Sc. fiver, n., from 1588, Mid.Eng. fyvere, variant of fevere.]

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