noun, plural jar·veys. Irish English.

a hackney coachman.
a hackney coach.

Origin of jarvey

1790–1800; special use of Jarvey, variant of Jarvis proper name
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Examples from the Web for jarvey

Historical Examples of jarvey

  • "It's not so far," said the jarvey, but this was a sort of truth that depended on what he was comparing the distance with.

    Just Irish

    Charles Battell Loomis

  • My jarvey from Borris had an unusually neat and well-balanced car.

  • Outside the Dublin Distillers Company's stores an outside car without fare or jarvey stood, the reins knotted to the wheel.


    James Joyce

  • Once the bargain is concluded, your jarvey is the most agreeable and obliging of fellows.

    The Charm of Ireland

    Burton Egbert Stevenson

  • More than likely Jarvey is on his uppers and will do anything to get a little cash.

    Dave Porter and His Double

    Edward Stratemeyer

British Dictionary definitions for jarvey




British informal, obsolete a hackney coachman

Word Origin for jarvey

C19: from Jarvey, familiar form of personal name Jarvis
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