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[div-ee] /ˈdɪv i/ Informal.
verb (used with or without object), divvied, divvying.
to divide; distribute (often followed by up):
The thieves divvied up the loot.
noun, plural divvies.
a distribution or sharing.
Origin of divvy
1870-75; div(ide) or div(idend) + -y2 Unabridged
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  • I am goin to divvy up, she announced in triumph, but not here.

    The Turn of the Tide Eleanor H. Porter
  • Then he sees how selfish it would be to keep all that gold for himself.11 "But how'll I divvy it?"

    Torchy Sewell Ford
  • He seemed to be speaking to the Maggie of long 206 agothe little girl who stood ready and anxious to divvy up with all the world.

    The Turn of the Tide Eleanor H. Porter
  • I was going to get Major Sherman to let me divvy up with you.

    Battling the Clouds Captain Frank Cobb
  • "Yes, count, and see if the rascals made a fair 'divvy' of it," added the captain.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • And now I dont want to divvy up, I dont want to divvy up, because I dont want themhere!

    The Turn of the Tide Eleanor H. Porter
  • "I don't stir from this place until I get my share of the divvy," he declared firmly.

  • Youse been stallin' on me fer a year every time it came to a divvy.

British Dictionary definitions for divvy


noun (pl) -vies
(Brit) short for dividend, esp (formerly) one paid by a cooperative society
(US & Canadian) a share; portion
verb -vies, -vying, -vied
(transitive) usually foll by up. to divide and share


noun (pl) -vies
(dialect) a stupid or foolish person
Word Origin
C20: perhaps from deviant
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Word Origin and History for divvy

1872, American English, originally a noun, a slang shortening of dividend; the verb was in use by 1877 and is primary now (the noun is not in "Webster's New World Dictionary"), leading some (e.g. "Webster's") to think the word is a slang alteration of divide. Related: Divvying. In early 20c. British slang the same word was a shortening of divine (adj.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for divvy



  1. A share of profits or spoils
  2. A dividend


(also divvy out or divvy up) To divide; apportion; Piece Up: The governor and the Paris crook divvy the swag/ We would pass our hats and divvy up (1872+)

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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