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  1. Older Slang. an automobile, especially one that is small, inexpensive, and old.
  2. Slang. something of unsatisfactory quality or inferior grade.
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Origin of flivver

An Americanism dating back to 1905–10; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for flivver

Historical Examples

  • Peter had left his "flivver" up the road and his sudden entrance was a surprise.

    The Vagrant Duke

    George Gibbs

  • Mr. McNutt sends me out with a flivver to buy wool around the country.

    Torchy As A Pa

    Sewell Ford

  • This old can is now as obsolete as a 1920 flivver, and I'm going to make us a later model.

    Skylark Three

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • They got to the ranch ahead of the flivver by a scant margin.

    Rimrock Trail

    J. Allan Dunn

  • I drove my flivver down to Calvada and asked for the Doctor.

British Dictionary definitions for flivver


  1. an old, cheap, or battered car
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Word Origin

C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for flivver


"cheap car," especially "Model-T Ford," 1910, of unknown origin.

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