civvy

[siv-ee]

noun, plural civ·vies.

civvies. Also civies. civilian clothes.

Nearby words

  1. civism,
  2. civitan,
  3. civitas,
  4. civitavecchia,
  5. civvies,
  6. ciénaga,
  7. cj,
  8. cja,
  9. cjd,
  10. ck

Origin of civvy

First recorded in 1885–90; civ(ilian) + -y2

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British Dictionary definitions for civvies

civvy

noun plural civvies slang

a civilian
(plural) civilian dress as opposed to uniform
civvy street civilian life
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Word Origin and History for civvies

civvy

n.

1889, civvies, short for civilian clothes (see civilian (adj.)); in reference to civilian clothes of military men.

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