biver, all of a

biver, all of a adj phr [Engl (esp southwestern) dial (EDD at bever sb.1 “A shiver, tremor; a state of trembling”); cf DNE all a-bivver “shaking, moving uncertainly” (at bivver n)] ME, NH


1914 DN 4.68 ME, nNH, All of a biver. . . Excited. 1941 LANE Map 476–77 (Excited, all nerved up) 11 infs, NH, ME, All of a biver. [Of these infs, two indicated that they had heard this expression from others, four that it was obsolete.]