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noun, plural civ·vies.
  1. civvies. Also civies. civilian clothes.
  2. a civilian.
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Origin of civvy

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

  • Some had greeny puttees and sandy slacks, a "civvy" coat and a khaki cap.

    At Suvla Bay

    John Hargrave

British Dictionary definitions for civvy


noun plural civvies slang
  1. a civilian
  2. (plural) civilian dress as opposed to uniform
  3. civvy street civilian life
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Word Origin and History for civvy


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

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