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.

Nearby words

  1. chautemps,
  2. chautemps, camille,
  3. chauvinism,
  4. chauvinist,
  5. chauvinistic,
  6. chavannes,
  7. chavannes, puvis de,
  8. chavette,
  9. chavez,
  10. chavez, cesar estrada

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. 2019

Examples from the Web for chavvy

British Dictionary definitions for chavvy



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 chavvy



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

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