[ div-ee ]
/ ˈdɪv i /

verb (used with or without object), div·vied, div·vy·ing.

to divide; distribute (often followed by up): The thieves divvied up the loot.

noun, plural div·vies.

a distribution or sharing.

Nearby words

  1. divulgence,
  2. divulse,
  3. divulsion,
  4. divulsive,
  5. divulsor,
  6. diwali,
  7. diwan,
  8. dix,
  9. dix, dorothea,
  10. dix, dorothea lynde

Origin of divvy

1870–75; div(ide) or div(idend) + -y2

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British Dictionary definitions for divvy


/ (ˈdɪvɪ) informal /

noun plural -vies

British short for dividend, esp (formerly) one paid by a cooperative society
US and Canadian a share; portion

verb -vies, -vying or -vied

(tr usually foll by up) to divide and share

noun plural -vies

dialect a stupid or foolish person

Word Origin for divvy

C20: perhaps from deviant

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Word Origin and History for divvy



1872, American English, originally a noun, a slang shortening of dividend; the verb was in use by 1877 and is primary now (the noun is not in "Webster's New World Dictionary"), leading some (e.g. "Webster's") to think the word is a slang alteration of divide. Related: Divvying. In early 20c. British slang the same word was a shortening of divine (adj.).

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