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

  • The jarvey cracked his whip, and off they went in a brace of shakes.

    Caught In The Net

    Emile Gaboriau

  • This title has almost supplanted the more ancient one of jarvey.

    The Slang Dictionary

    John Camden Hotten

  • Perhaps a little more of this jarvey's talk will not be uninteresting.

    Just Irish

    Charles Battell Loomis

  • Hands stuck in his trousers' pockets, jarvey off for the day, singing.


    James Joyce

  • But as luck would have it the jarvey got the nag's head round the other way and off with him.


    James Joyce

British Dictionary definitions for jarvey



  1. British informal, obsolete a hackney coachman

Word Origin for jarvey

C19: from Jarvey, familiar form of personal name Jarvis
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