What does the word cleaver mean?

Usage examples for cleaver

  1. He rushed forward and seized it in his arms, when, to his horror, the head slipped off and rolled on the floor, the body assumed a recumbent posture, and he found himself clasping a white dimity bed- curtain, with a sweeping- brush, a kitchen cleaver, and a hollow turnip lying at his feet! – Humorous Ghost Stories by Dorothy Scarborough
  2. Then yarns were interchanged, Captain Cleaver being the first to tell the story of his adventures. – Annie o' the Banks o' Dee by Gordon Stables
  3. Mr. Cleaver was a man of moderate fortune, who could be hospitable without pinching, and he was acquainted with the best Protestant society in Ireland. – The Life of Froude by Herbert Paul