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[siv-ee] /ˈsɪv i/
noun, plural civvies.
civvies, Also, civies. civilian clothes.
Origin of civvy
First recorded in 1885-90; civ(ilian) + -y2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Nevertheless, if I were in civvies, you'd have permitted the waiter to cut my steak.

    The Pride of Palomar

    Peter B. Kyne
  • Out of the corner of my eye, I saw another man, younger in appearance and looking like an Army officer in civvies, approach him.

    Four-Day Planet Henry Beam Piper
  • Granted as 'e can't walk about naked; granted as 'e 'asn't got a suit o' civvies of 'is own—wot is 'e to do?

  • He was in civvies, the jeans and sweater I normally thought of him wearing, but he had his service ribbons pinned to his breast.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow
  • As soon as afternoon parade was dismissed, we would dive for our quarters, and re-don our "civvies" until next parade.

  • And the civvies—gorblimy—when I was 'ome on leave they kep' on arstin' me, 'Ain't yer wounded yet?'

    Combed Out

    Fritz August Voigt
  • When we first come out, I thought all the Belgian civvies a lot o' bloody cowards takin' cover whenever Fritz came over.

    Combed Out

    Fritz August Voigt
  • O' course there was crowds o' civvies doin' the same, but 'e says there was a lot what didn't seem to care a damn.

    Combed Out

    Fritz August Voigt
British Dictionary definitions for civvies


noun (slang) (pl) civvies
a civilian
(pl) civilian dress as opposed to uniform
civvy street, civilian life
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for civvies



1889, civvies, short for civilian clothes (see civilian (adj.)); in reference to civilian clothes of military men.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for civvies



Civilian dress; mufti (1880s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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