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divvy

[div-ee] /ˈdɪv i/ Informal.
verb (used with or without object), divvied, divvying.
1.
to divide; distribute (often followed by up):
The thieves divvied up the loot.
noun, plural divvies.
2.
a distribution or sharing.
Origin of divvy
1870-1875
1870-75; div(ide) or div(idend) + -y2
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  • 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
  • "Yes, count, and see if the rascals made a fair 'divvy' of it," added the captain.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • I was going to get Major Sherman to let me divvy up with you.

    Battling the Clouds Captain Frank Cobb
  • 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 am goin to divvy up, she announced in triumph, but not here.

    The Turn of the Tide

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

  • A long time ago I wanted to divvy up with Patty, and Bobby 299 and the rest.

    The Turn of the Tide

    Eleanor H. Porter
  • About a month after we commenced falling I actually got a "divvy" out of my place.

    From Chart House to Bush Hut

    Charles W. L. Bryde
British Dictionary definitions for divvy

divvy1

/ˈdɪvɪ/
noun (pl) -vies
1.
(Brit) short for dividend, esp (formerly) one paid by a cooperative society
2.
(US & Canadian) a share; portion
verb -vies, -vying, -vied
3.
(transitive) usually foll by up. to divide and share

divvy2

/ˈdɪvɪ/
noun (pl) -vies
1.
(dialect) a stupid or foolish person
Word Origin
C20: perhaps from deviant
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Word Origin and History for divvy
v.

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

divvy

noun

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

verb

(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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