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  1. shiv.
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Origin of chiv

An Americanism dating back to 1855–60
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Related Words

shave, cleave, divide, hack, slit, shred, split, slash, strip, carve, sever, gash, pierce, dissect, subdivide, incise, sunder, segment, dissever, chiv

Examples from the Web for chiv

Historical Examples

  • Chiv, my dear fellow, go out and see what sort of a night it is.'

    Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit

    Charles Dickens

  • A knife is also called a chiv by the lowest class all over England.

  • Chival′ric, Chiv′alrous, pertaining to chivalry: bold: gallant.

  • And the third is to p. 352“chiv o manzin apré lati,” or to put the oath upon her, which explains itself.

    The Gypsies

    Charles G. Leland

  • Harry poured half a can of oil upon the bearings of the chiv wheel with almost loving tenderness.

    The Cross-Cut

    Courtney Ryley Cooper

British Dictionary definitions for chiv


shiv (ʃɪv)

  1. a knife
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verb chivs, chivving, chivved, shivs, shivving or shivved
  1. to stab (someone)
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Word Origin

C17: perhaps from Romany chiv blade
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