[ chav ]
/ tʃæv /
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noun Chiefly British Slang: Disparaging and Offensive.
a young person who wears fashionable sportswear or flashy jewelry but is regarded as badly behaved or as having lower-class taste.
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Origin of chav
First recorded in 1995–2000; perhaps shortening of British slang chavvy “baby, child,” or from Romani chavo “(Romani) boy, youth, unmarried man” or Romani chavi “baby, child,” probably from unrecorded Middle Indic chāva, chāpa “young of an animal,” from Sanskrit śāva
OTHER WORDS FROM chavchav·ish, chav·vy, adjective
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How to use chav in a sentence
He will come back, murmured Chavvy, in concordance with her leitmotif.
I decided it would be quite nice if Chavvy and I came to live with Esther.
And when this child Chavvy crept into my life, I let her remain, to fill the gap my daughter might have filled.
A weird child, yet with something strangely attractive about her, would have been Chavvy as visualized by Chavvy.
He turned to his own matrimonial aspects: Chavvy will be perfectly happy with you and Esther, I suppose.
British Dictionary definitions for chav
/ (tʃæv) /
Southern English informal, derogatory a young working-class person whose tastes, although sometimes expensive, are considered vulgar by some
Derived forms of chavchavish, adjective
Word Origin for chav
perhaps from Romany chavi a child
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