or sciv·vy

noun, plural skiv·vies. Informal.
  1. Also called skivvy shirt. a man's cotton T-shirt.
  2. skivvies, underwear consisting of cotton T-shirt and shorts.
  3. a thin sweater with a round neck, usually worn over a blouse, turtleneck, or the like.

Origin of skivvy

First recorded in 1925–30; origin uncertain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of scivvy

  • "I knew she was merely a Scivvy," remarked Taunton, when this happened.

    Over Here

    Hector MacQuarrie

British Dictionary definitions for scivvy


noun plural -vies
  1. mainly British often derogatory a servant, esp a female, who does menial work of all kinds; drudge
verb -vies, -vying or -vied
  1. (intr) British to work as a skivvy

Word Origin for skivvy

C20: of unknown origin


noun plural -vies
  1. slang, mainly US a man's T-shirt or vest
  2. (plural) slang, mainly US men's underwear
  3. Australian and NZ a garment resembling a sweater with long sleeves and a polo neck, usually made of stretch cotton or cotton and polyester and worn by either sex

Word Origin for skivvy

of unknown origin
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