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noun (1)

plural -s
dialectal, British
: a lot determined by a cast


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transitive verb

cavelled; cavelled; cavelling
; cavels
dialectal, British
: to allot or apportion according to lots cast
the working positions cavelled by the miners


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noun (2)

plural -s
: a mean fellow


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variant of kevel:1

Word History


Noun (1)

Middle English, from Middle Dutch kavele; akin to Old Norse kefli stick of wood

Noun (2)

Middle English kevell, perhaps from Old Norse kefli stick of wood

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“Cavel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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