[ jahr-vee ]

noun,plural jar·veys.Irish English.
  1. a hackney coachman.

  2. a hackney coach.

Origin of jarvey

1790–1800; special use of Jarvey, variant of Jarvis proper name

Words Nearby jarvey

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How to use jarvey in a sentence

  • It should be added, in justice to the worthy citizen, that a half crown immediately rewarded the witty jarvey for his ready joke.

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

    Ulysses | James Joyce
  • He signed to the waiting jarvey who chucked at the reins and set on towards Lord Edward street.

    Ulysses | James Joyce
  • The next time I saw the boots, they were on the foot-board of a hackney-coach; yea, on the very feet of the jarvey.

    George Cruikshank's Omnibus | George Cruikshank
  • Seeing there was nothing for it but to make a clean breast, Captain jarvey Jessop wasted no further time in useless lamentation.

    The Opal Serpent | Fergus Hume

British Dictionary definitions for jarvey



/ (ˈdʒɑːvɪ) /

  1. British informal, obsolete a hackney coachman

Origin of jarvey

C19: from Jarvey, familiar form of personal name Jarvis

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