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divvy

[div-ee]Informal.
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verb (used with or without object), div·vied, div·vy·ing.
  1. to divide; distribute (often followed by up): The thieves divvied up the loot.
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noun, plural div·vies.
  1. a distribution or sharing.
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Origin of divvy

1870–75; div(ide) or div(idend) + -y2
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  • Then he sees how selfish it would be to keep all that gold for himself.11 "But how'll I divvy it?"

    Torchy

    Sewell Ford

  • "Yes, count, and see if the rascals made a fair 'divvy' of it," added the captain.

    Up the River

    Oliver Optic

  • I was going to get Major Sherman to let me divvy up with you.

    Battling the Clouds

    Captain Frank Cobb

  • I am goin to divvy up, she announced in triumph, but not here.

    The Turn of the Tide

    Eleanor H. Porter

  • And now I dont want to divvy up, I dont want to divvy up, because I dont want themhere!

    The Turn of the Tide

    Eleanor H. Porter


British Dictionary definitions for divvy

divvy1

noun plural -vies
  1. British short for dividend, esp (formerly) one paid by a cooperative society
  2. US and Canadian a share; portion
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verb -vies, -vying or -vied
  1. (tr usually foll by up) to divide and share
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divvy2

noun plural -vies
  1. dialect a stupid or foolish person
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Word Origin

C20: perhaps from deviant
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Word Origin and History for divvy

v.

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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