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[im-prov] /ˈɪm prɒv/
noun, Informal.
Origin of improv
by shortening Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • And, above all, let them be improv'd; by no means let them lose in the Repetition.

    Observations on the Florid Song Pier Francesco Tosi
  • It is certain, Virgil is much indebted to him, tho' he has much improv'd his Manner.

    Lectures on Poetry Joseph Trapp
  • John Andrews tells the story of the school boys who, in the phrase of the day, "improv'd" the coast on School Street.

    The Siege of Boston Allen French
  • The blooming boy, who left his image in my young heart, is at four and twenty improv'd in every grace that fix'd him there.

    The Belle's Stratagem

    Hannah Cowley
British Dictionary definitions for improv


improvised performance, esp by a comedian
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Word Origin and History for improv

1970 as colloquial shortening for improvisation. The New York City comedy club, founded in 1963, was, in full, The Improvisation.

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