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[gahr-vee] /ˈgɑr vi/
noun, plural garveys.
a scowlike open boat, variously propelled, used by oyster and clam fishermen in Delaware Bay and off the coasts of Delaware and New Jersey.
Origin of garvey
First recorded in 1895-1900; probably from a proper name


[gahr-vee] /ˈgɑr vi/
Marcus (Moziah)
[moh-zahy-uh] /moʊˈzaɪ ə/ (Show IPA),
1887–1940, Jamaican black-rights activist in the U.S. (1916–27): advocated emigration of black Americans to Africa. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The cornice is a handsome one, you will notice, Colonel, and I think by garvey.

    Shoulder-Straps Henry Morford
  • So garvey pulls his act before the flower and chivalry of Harbor Hills.

    Torchy As A Pa Sewell Ford
  • But it's kind of a jolt to find that Mrs. garvey is sore on us for all this.

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  • "And you might as well exhibit the rest of the ridiculous things," says Mrs. garvey.

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  • "But it's such a common, ordinary thing to do," protests Mrs. garvey.

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  • Miss garvey would recount, with tears of enjoyment in her eyes.

    Saturday's Child Kathleen Norris
  • "You oughtn't say things like that," Miss garvey remonstrated.

    Saturday's Child Kathleen Norris
  • We got futures to think of, too, and garveygarvey wants to run for mayor some day.

    Fore! Charles Emmett Van Loan
  • garvey lifted his upper lip as he spoke and showed his teeth.

  • They belong, as a matter of fact, to garvey as much as to me.

British Dictionary definitions for garvey


Marcus. 1887–1940, Jamaican Black nationalist leader, active in the US. He founded (1914) the Universal Negro Improvement Association and led the Back-to-Africa movement: gaoled for fraud (1925–27)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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