noun Chiefly British Slang: Disparaging and Offensive.
  1. a person who wears fashionable brands, flashy jewelry, etc., but is regarded as having bad or lower-class taste.

Origin of chav

1995-2000; perhaps < Romany chavo ‘boy, youth’ or chavi ‘baby, child’
Related formschav·ish, chav·vy, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for chavish


  1. Southern English informal, derogatory a young working-class person whose tastes, although sometimes expensive, are considered vulgar by some
Derived Formschavish, adjective

Word Origin for chav

perhaps from Romany chavi a child
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Word Origin and History for chavish



British slang, "antisocial youth," by 2004, of unknown origin.

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