- Older Slang. an automobile, especially one that is small, inexpensive, and old.
- Slang. something of unsatisfactory quality or inferior grade.
Origin of flivver
An Americanism dating back to 1905–10; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for flivver
Peter had left his "flivver" up the road and his sudden entrance was a surprise.The Vagrant Duke
Mr. McNutt sends me out with a flivver to buy wool around the country.Torchy As A Pa
This old can is now as obsolete as a 1920 flivver, and I'm going to make us a later model.Skylark Three
Edward Elmer Smith
They got to the ranch ahead of the flivver by a scant margin.Rimrock Trail
J. Allan Dunn
I drove my flivver down to Calvada and asked for the Doctor.
- an old, cheap, or battered car
C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for flivver
"cheap car," especially "Model-T Ford," 1910, of unknown origin.
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