[ chav ]
/ tʃæv /

noun Chiefly British Slang: Disparaging and Offensive.

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 forms

chav·ish, chav·vy, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for chavish


/ (tʃæv) /


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

Derived Forms

chavish, adjective

Word Origin for chav

perhaps from Romany chavi a child
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