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noun Informal.
  1. improvisation.
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Origin of improv

by shortening
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  • And, above all, let them be improv'd; by no means let them lose in the Repetition.

  • It is certain, Virgil is much indebted to him, tho' he has much improv'd his Manner.

    Lectures on Poetry

    Joseph Trapp

  • John Andrews tells the story of the school boys who, in the phrase of the day, "improv'd" the coast on School Street.

  • The blooming boy, who left his image in my young heart, is at four and twenty improv'd in every grace that fix'd him there.

British Dictionary definitions for improv


  1. improvised performance, esp by a comedian
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Word Origin and History for improv


1970 as colloquial shortening for improvisation. The New York City comedy club, founded in 1963, was, in full, The Improvisation.

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