- 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’
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Examples from the Web for chavvy
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.
- Southern English informal, derogatory a young working-class person whose tastes, although sometimes expensive, are considered vulgar by some
perhaps from Romany chavi a child
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Word Origin and History for chavvy
British slang, "antisocial youth," by 2004, of unknown origin.
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