Origin of chiv

An Americanism dating back to 1855–60 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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shiv (ʃɪv)


a knife

verb chivs, chivving, chivved, shivs, shivving or shivved

to stab (someone)

Word Origin for chiv

C17: perhaps from Romany chiv blade
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